Excerpt from "Tristram Shandy"

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Title

Excerpt from "Tristram Shandy"

Subject

The excerpt bears resemblance to the Maria scene in "A Sentimental Journey" in theme, in style, and in the shared name of the woman in question: Maria.

Description

In this excerpt, Sterne parodies Tristram's sentimental attraction to Maria by depicting her dividing her affections between Tristram and a goat. Tristram, the sentimental object, is ostensibly empathetic to Maria's sorrow and emotion. However, when he notices that Maria divides her attentions between himself and the goat, Tristram wonders what similarity he has with the goat, thus demonstrating his attraction to Maria. In this way, "Tristram Shandy" is shown to be comparable to "A Sentimental Journey;" in both novels, the protagonist is shown to mix empathy for the suffering women with lust to the point where empathy becomes sexualized.

Creator

Laurence Sterne

Source

"A Sentimental Journey"

Date

1768

Language

English

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Text

"MARIA look'd wistfully for some time at me, and then at her goat -- and then at me -- and then at her goat again, and so on, alternately -- Well, Maria, said I softly -- What resemblance do you find?"

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Citation

Laurence Sterne, “Excerpt from "Tristram Shandy",” Enlightenmens, accessed November 29, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/869.

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