Study Guide

Vanity Fair Three-Act Plot Analysis

By William Makepeace Thackeray

Three-Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Becky secretly marries Rawdon and thus loses her chance at the Crawley money and estate. Amelia secretly marries George, whose father disowns him and who is immediately bored with her.

Act II

Rawdon discovers Becky alone with Lord Steyne, takes away her jewelry and money, and leaves her. Amelia is forced to give up her son to his grandfather because of her poverty.


Becky traipses around Europe until she runs into Jos. With his life insurance money, she sets up a life for herself in Bath. Amelia traipses around Europe until she runs into Becky. After Becky shows her that George was a cheating jerk, Amelia marries Dobbin and moves out to the London countryside.