Daniel Defoe.docx - Paige Prochera 1 Paige Prochera Professor Cox E 327 12 April 2018 Criminality in Moll Flanders Greed is the desire for material

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Paige Prochera 1 Paige Prochera Professor Cox E 327 12 April 2018 Criminality in Moll Flanders Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, disregarding the realm of spiritual. In his novel ″Moll Flanders″ that was published in 1722, Daniel Defoe uses greed as an underlying theme to his artistic representation. The theme of greed takes an essential role for Defoe to develop the Moll Flanders’ story. Defoe portrays a woman as a seductive tool in attaining her desires. The novel stroll around the life experiences that the women of the 18th century in London were going through. Moll Flanders as the primary character is depicted as an anonymous character being a pseudonym that she adopted when she wanted a criminal life identification. Moll Flanders has no family, having been left by her mother: a transported felon, and her bringing up, education, social role as well as material well – being are all precarious.
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Paige Prochera 2 The theme of greed is portrayed in Moll’s acts of prostitution. She turns to acts of stealing in numerous ways to sustain and support her life. Moreover, Molls allows her morals to disintegrate due to her persistence greediness. To start with, Defoe introduce the first act of prostitution in a thrust way that Moll hardly notices. The story begins as Moll was living with her family and a gentlewoman. One of the Moll’s brothers got interested in her and seduced her to be his lover. “He took this freedom with me, and when it was over he did not stay for long, but he puts an almost handful of gold on my hand…” ( Defoe, 85 ). She lowers down her guard, and she frequently goes to meet with her brother. “… therefore, to put the purse in on my bosom, I keep on resisting from his seductions,
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