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The Fortunes & Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders
The Fortunes Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders Author:Daniel Defoe Daniel Defoe is best known, of course, for his immortal Robinson Crusoe. But of all the works he wrote (and the number is said to be about 250), 'Moll Flanders', published in 1722 is probably his greatest piece of fiction. For while the character of the castaway Crusoe is broadly developed, that of the demi-monde woman Moll Flanders is more real... more »istically portrayed in terms of depth and feeling, Moll is today the most famous female rogue in English literature. As we read of her grim experiences, as we perceive the harshness of women's disadvantaged position in the early 18th century, we realize that Defoe's entertaining, realistic tale is not only the chronicle of an unscrupulous beauty but also an indictment of an incredibly calloused society.
Defoe was essentially a reporter in an age when that word did not have the connotation it carries today. In his writings, he does not attempt to analyze or evaluate. Whether he is recounting the fabulous adventures of Crusoe on his tiny island, the progress of the Great Plague in London, or the checkered career of Moll Flanders, he simply tells the reader what happened. His genius here is that he tells it in such meticulous and convincing detail that we inevitable feel that this is an eyewitness account. Defoe, the master of verisimilatude, allows the reader to feel, to react, to be the judge.
As for Moll herself, she is a daughter of the 18th century, though by no means a typical one. Born against a background of poverty and crime, she grows into an attractive, ambitious girl who finds early in life that she must fight against a pitiless world for everything she hopes to gain.
Conspirator, thief, woman of questionable reputation, Moll has the resiliency and raw courage to brave every adversity, to overcome every obstacle. Her life has fascinated readers for two and a half centuries.
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