I have heard it said that the heroine is not likeable. He stubbornly insists on marrying Moll, a servant girl, and obtains the consent of his mother. It involves a woman's expedition from a poverty stricken lower class to a middle-class station in life. Moll has always looked for opportunities to be higher on the social class. Moll Flanders is a good, though unintentional, primary source that could easily be used as a historiography of the era.
She does not appear to be particularly happy either: she lives in fear of being taken or betrayed, and her successes are tainted by remorse. This has implications for Moll's future criminal activities. I couldn't help but dislike Moll due to this - Defoe made her too special, which in turn made her, to me, too unbelievable. Of course, ultimately, that's why Moll likes him best; he's a lot like her. Is her penitence a construction of irony? A friend once brought Moll to meet a potential husband for her who was a wealthy Irish gentleman and so she was very interested and decided to marry him, but it later turned out that he had actually married her for money. This is the Diary of a penitent Sinner. Anyway, Moll Flanders is considered to be one of the world's first novels at least in English because we do have a couple of novels from Ancient Rome, even if one of them is not extant, which didn't stop Felini from making a movie about it, but I digress.
She virtuously resists his onslaughts for a while and then gives in. Number six turns out to be an even bigger con-artist than Moll and hi-jinx ensue when they both think the other is looted. The question of divorce is also interesting in this novel. Though Moll will likely recover from her latest predicament, it seems that the death of this latest husband will have a lasting imprint on her sanity and morality. He did so, but the name he gave was Gabriel Spencer; he knew nothing, in fact, about Moll, not even that she was a woman.
Moll Flanders is not a very likeable woman, but she is a survivor and her escapades are well worth taking in. If caught they were jailed, sometimes hung, other times sent to work in homes as maids. And that's a kind of a weird mindset for a sixty year old male-- an already successful novelist, having penned Robinson Crusoe by then- to want to inhabit. It is one of the first novels ever written, actually. Also, by finally consenting to have intercourse with her lover from Bath, Moll becomes a simple mistress, easily forgotten by her suitor.
It certainly didn't grab me the way other books have. She started out with a tabula rasa, or clean slate, when she is born, but, eventually, she resorts to an immoral life in order to survive. Moll also shows the limited choices for a woman of her time. Defoe plays with two types of morality: the Christian morality references to the Bible, for example and the natural morality the man is a creature motivated by himself, connected to the interest Moll has in her husbands. Appealing to and championing the common man, Defoe constructs an iconoclastic piece that praises a common woman.
It certainly didn't grab me the way other books have. You need to read this book. After parting with them, Moll is given to a nurse and lives with her for over a decade. She does seem to be the leader of the sinning. Written from her own Memorandums. Amusing, picaresque portrait of an unsrupulous antiherione the narrator in 17th century England and America. The man wrote for money which i have to respect! That's not to say some parts of Defoe's book don't make a modern reader cringe.
In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if either or both of those modern potboilers weren't modeled after Roxana. And due to her beauty and smartness, she develops her new trade over many years and with great success. In the page 252, we can see one of the transitions between this periods, with the death of her husband, the banker. Because reading Moll Flanders is like watching the grainy footage of a home video of your lover at five years old. Original title page for Moll Flanders The character of Moll Flanders has traditionally baffled critics.
At the end of each affair, she takes account of the change in her finances; this financial evaluation takes the place of a psychological or emotional analysis. Her ability to turn almost any situation into a positive, eventually Moll Flanders wobbles, but she never falls down! Despite circumstance and luck and odds set against her at every turn, this woman refused to bow to the conventional wisdom that normally rules the downtrodden and the dispossessed. It is surely one of the most bizarre affairs ever to be described in literature, perhaps because of the simplicity with which it is described again just me! He also fell so ill that he was sent to the family's country house to convalesce. A decrease in customer demand, in this case caused by the decreased number of buyers men , causes fewer of the goods women to be bought for a lower price. The rest is amazing reading. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest practitioners of the novel and helped popularize the genre in Britain.