The novel is a long prose narrative that describes fictional characters. It is bound as a book and it narrates fictional characters. A novel usually covers up the events which occurred in a series of time. The novel is the part of the culture and it represents the history of the nation.
The novel is a combination of characters, plots, a relation to a reality, a theme and several other aspects are also included. Usually the novels are fictional. Functionality is the attribute which makes a novel differentiating from others, especially the history. It’s a problematic criterion from a historical perspective. Novels were used to describe the political and personal realities. Novel impacts our personalities a lot almost in every manner. One who has addicted of novels or dramas, mostly try to follow their directions. We have seen a number of people idealize characters from novels or plays in their lives. Books, novels are the best thing to have them in your leisure time. Nowadays, the trend of reading has been affected a lot due to the rise of the technology. People usually prefer to log on to Google and search what they exactly need, instead of reading a whole book. Novel has a great impact in my life as I used to idealize the characters of novels in my childhood and now my personality sheds light on my learning.
A novel needs quality work and it must be totally fictitious. Many personal reflections, recounting of real events and myths do not qualify as a novel. Although there is no universal law
or guidelines for a novel length but as a general rule the pages up to 100 is considered as stories and longer works are considered as novels.
Novels are very different from stories, poems and narratives. These all are presented as a book and novel has much more than that (Starr, 1964). A collection of pages is a book but it can not be regarded as a novel. Therefore, every novel can be called a book but every book is not a novel. Many literary journals describe novels in many perspectives as what they consist and how the story of the book is presented is the basic principles of a novel. We often hear ancient stories from our elders and it has been passed through generations but it is not written down and it is novel’s requirement that the novel should be recorded and written on the paper so these stories do not qualify as a novel. Novel is also different from history, both of them do represents a sequence of events but history is what is in the actual world but novel represents and expresses all the feelings, backgrounds, plots and events of the fictional world. All the things are imaginary (Dowling, 2007).
A novel changes one’s inner self also, with the use of fictional characters, many authors present the positive aspects of the world which change the thinking of people. Some people start to love the world just because of the novels. Novel influences a person’s thinking deeply. It affects a person psychologically as well as morally. The characters in the novel develop a sense of innovation thinking towards the subject. Fictional characters affected me a lot since childhood. Usually, children get attracted towards fictional characters and always try to copy them. We can teach and educate our children with the help of fictional characters as per our requirements and traditions..
Pamela by Samuel Richardson is the novel which had a great influence on people and it had deeply affected me also. Its influence is more socially as the qualities and attributes of Pamela will motivate the women and the girls, that they should ensure that their purity and innocence is safe and not harmed by any men so that they can have a successful marriage.
Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding is the novel in which the adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Abraham Adams are discussed. This novel socially influence the people as important issues are highlighted which a person should take care of, like a girl’s chastity, the virtue of courtesy and of the justice. The novel has left a great impact on me as I myself feel very courageous and kind after reading the novel. The novel made me think to have a change in my personality as it mainly discusses social influence. The girls are one of the most precious things in the world and the novel emphasizes me to think differently about the girls.
The Vicar of Wakefield is one of the widely read novels in 18th century. It was written by an Irish author Oliver Goldsmith. It is about wealth and bankruptcy. It affects the people as one should have faith and should maintain his moral values than eventually all the issues will be resolved. It’s just that one should have a firm belief in his-self and in God than all the problems will be solved.
Wyatt James Dowling, Science, "Robinson Crusoe", and judgment: A commentary on Book III of Rousseau's "Emile" [Boston College Dissertation] (2007). online edition.
George Alexander Starr, Defoe and Spiritual Autobiography (Princeton: University Press, 1964).