Moll Flanders | Study Guide

Daniel Defoe

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Sources:Biography.com, Encyclopaedia Britannica,Moll: The Life and Times ofMoll Flandersby Siân Rees,The Rise of the Novelby Ian WattCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Moll Flanders,Section 3oney only made a woman agreeable.Punishment & RedemptionRedemption and atonementare hard to come by intimes of need.Moral AmbiguityContext determines whetherbehavior is right or wrong.PragmatismPracticality beats love, whileopportunism beats morality.ThemesMen in Moll’s life; somehonest and upstanding,others selfish and unreliableHusband & LoversCharming, handsome scoundrel;the fourth of Moll’s five husbandsand her final companionJemyMiddle-aged, no-nonsense,steadfast friend to thedowntrodden, including MollThe MidwifeSelf-reliant, opportunistic,mischievous woman; repentsonly when she’s old and wealthyMoll FlandersMain CharactersConsidered the father of theEnglish novel, Defoe studiedto be a minister, became amerchant, declaredbankruptcy, wrote essays, andwas imprisoned for a politicalpamphlet he wrote—all beforehe turned to writing novels.His negative experience beingtried and convicted for libelinspiredMoll Flanders.DANIEL DEFOE1660–1731AuthorMoll reconciles with herfavorite husband and findsredemption.RedemptionEconomic necessity forcesMoll into a life of crime.Crime PaysMoll uses beauty to securemen who offer the financialstability she desires.Romantic EscapadesBecause of her humble birth, Moll Flanders struggles to gain financialstability in a patriarchal society. Pragmatic to the core, she justifies hermany crimes and romantic escapades as necessary. But in the end, Mollachieves wealth, finds love, and repents.A Tale ofQuestionableMoralsOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1722Year PublishedDaniel DefoeAuthorMoll FlandersDramaNovel

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