Vanity Fair Author:William Makepeace Thackeray Vanity Fair takes its title from an episode in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, in which the pilgrims Christian and Faithful come upon a center of worldly trade, set up by Apollyon and Beelzebub, where property and honor are bartered all year round. When Bunyan's pilgrims are asked, "What will you buy?" they answer, "We buy the truth." But ... more »Thackery's characters, like the inhabitants of the original Vanity Fair, are not interested in truth. They sacrifice themselves for unworthy objects, deceiving themselves that these are worth the effort. Amelia cannot admit that her image of George is brighter than the weak man she married, and she wastes her youth and Dobbin's devotion in polishing the image. Dobbin adores Amelia for years, and yet, just before he wins her, he sees that she has not been worthy of his love. Becky uses Rawdon on her way to high society, and is bored when she gets there. She does not admire her husband until she has lost him. Everyone loses; everyone is self-deceived. This is a novel without a hero; this is Vanity Fair.