|Plot Summary of Moll Flanders|
|"One of the greatest books ever written, and one of the most misunderstood. On the surface, it's a story about one woman's questionable struggle for survival in a brutal world--what people usually focus on. But beneath the surface, it's an indictment against civilizing living, an indictment against humanity's denouncement of agrarianism in favor of industrialization, in favor of capitalism. Would Moll Flanders have to prostitute herself for money to eat, have to steal, if fruit-bearing trees grew all around her in the civilized jungle instead of buildings? And yet she is a paradoxical product of that civilized nightmare, and can no more escape her civilized roots than she can escape the planet: those roots must feed her, even while they are killing her."
Fran Upman, Resident Scholar
|"The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders is a tale that if Moll were alive today, she would probably be a guest on Jerry Springer. Moll's struggles include orphaned at an early age, made a servant, a mistress, prostitution, a thief, becoming a mother (but shows poor plotting by Dafoe, since some children seem to just disappear for the sake of story), dabbling with lesbianism, imprisoned and banished to the Americas, incest and a happy ending. Entertaining and enlightening, Moll Flanders is a funny romp through the life of a greedy survivor during 17th century England. "
Kathleen, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Moll Flanders|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 18th century
- 17th century
Kind of romance:
- playing footsy while inconveniently married
- general liberal/left wing activism
- women fighting for rights
- fighting discrim. (other than racial/gender)
Kind of living:
- general poverty story
- making "Ends Meat" by prostitution
- vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)
Crime & Police story
- conman stealing/fraud
- criminal becomes sensitive
Kind of sex:
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Taboo sex story?
- thief/con artist
- long lived adults
How sensitive is this character?
- soggy whimpering jelly muffin
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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