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Allworthy, as his name implies, is also an allegorical figure of sorts. His
character does not undergo any dramatic changes and thus possesses the
consistency and stability found in stock characters in theatrical comedy.
Allworthy, as Fielding's moral yardstick and as the novel's ultimate dispenser
of justice and mercy, almost takes on the role of a god, although he is still
mortal enough to make incorrect judgments. Allworthy's blindness to the evil
designs of his nephew Blifil and to Thwackum's insidiousness lead him to
make mistakes which propel the plot of the novel forward. For example, it is
Allworthy who banishes Tom Jones from his county.
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