Moll Flanders by Danile Defoe

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Moll Flanders By: Daniel Defoe Book ReviewThe Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders written by Daniel Defoe, is a very attention-grabbing novel, because Defoe presents his novel as a struggle to live in a society. The female protagonist in the novel, Moll Flanders, went through a number of events in her life. She leaves behind the importance of woman's social stability and financial security. Flanders is born in Newgate and during her life, she was twelve years a whore, five times a Wife, and twelve year a thief. Through the novel, Defoe draws attention to hardships in providing an identity for women and exertion of an economic and social outlook on the eighteenth century through his realistic perspective.

The title of the book The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders reveals the miserable experiences and apex on Moll's life in England, 1792. In the beginning, Moll is eight and resides at Colchester, in Essex.

She desires to become gentlewoman, and be familiar with how to cook and sew. Before the story begins, it is revealed that her mother was convicted a felony or theft. This causes Moll to live in an isolated world and make her teach herself how to proper gentlewoman. The protagonist refers to Mrs. Betty when she is adopted by the mayor's household, treating her with victuals and shelter in return for housework. The older brother has a secret intimate relationship and offers money for his happiness. Moll is flattered by the amount of money in trade for love in bed. However, Mrs. Betty feels uncomfortable that the younger brother falls in love and proposes marriage. The elder brother is not jealous that Mrs. Betty is loved by two men, but paradoxically happy. After death upon her husband, she leaves her children...