UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
FACULTAD DE FILOLOGÃÂA Y FILOSOFÃÂA
DEPARTAMENTO DE FILOLOGÃÂA INGLESA
ROXANA, OR THE FORTUNATE MISTRESS ESSAY
Adriana Abad GarcÃÂa
Eduardo Bravo SÃÂ¡nchez
David Cajigas MuÃÂ±oz
Silvia Diez ÃÂlvarez
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Inequalities between men and women in the XVIII century, honor.
Beauty, vanity, fortune and prostitution.
Marriage, money, morality and life changes.
Independency and mother behaviour.
Roxana is the protagonist of the book written by Daniel Defoe in 1724. The story takes place in the United Kingdom in the XVIII century. It tells the story of a woman who has to face the fact that she is left alone by her husband with her five children. She opts for leaving her children with the relatives of her husband, and due to her circumstances she has to start leading a life as a prostitute. Her main concerns are money and the achievement of independency. Roxana begins to develop hatred towards marriage because of her previous experience about it with her first husband.
Roxana believes that there is a huge inequality of conditions between men and women and wants to overtake it through the achievement of a wealthy state.
INEQUALITIES BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN, HONOR
In the XVII century, women played two very different roles. Certain women lead a pure life as housewives, whose obligations consisted on taking care of their children, obeying to their husbands, and they were not permitted to work out of their houses. The only women who could work were prostitutes, who sold their bodies, and the maids, who worked as help assistants of housewives. The royalty and women of high rank did not work and they did not have to take care of their housework.
The roles of women in this society were quite different and this distinction was notable in their...