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  • Daniel Defoe

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    Daniel Defoe Daniel Defoe (1660?-1731), English journalist and novelist, whose work reflects his diverse experiences in many countries and in many walks of life. Besides being a brilliant journalist, novelist, and social thinker, Defoe was an outstanding author, producing more than 500 pieces of literature. Defoe was born in London about 1660, the son of a candle merchant named Foe. Daniel added "De" to his name about 1700. He was educated for the Presbyterian ministry but decided to go

  • Daniel Defoe and Robinson Crusoe

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    Daniel Defoe was an extraordinary man. Although he never had the benefit of a university education, he spoke six languages and was able to read even more. His curriculum included having been a government spy, a shopkeeper, and a journalist. As the latter, he was employed by both major parties. Of course, serving two lord is impossible, so after he got into trouble with both of these parties, he turned to writing as another means of living. The first major difference between Defoe's work and most

  • The Life of Daniel Defoe

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    The Life of Daniel Defoe Daniel Defoe was easily one of the most influential and accomplished English author/writer of all time. Not only is Daniel Defoe considered as the founder of the English novel along with Samuel Richardson, but he was also a critical figure in European journalism and political commentary. Defoe has produced as much as 200 works of non fiction and 2,000 short essays in various periodical publications. In addition to over half a dozen full length novels such as Robinson

  • Daniel Defoe Analysis

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    life unusual life as a merchant, a government spy, an all but exiled priest, and a public servant, Daniel Defoe miraculously managed to produce numerous works and become one of the greatest authors in the British literary tradition. These works, clearly a product of the author’s varied life, were influenced vastly by the events and affiliations that Defoe himself was subject to. In this, Defoe was initially faced with hardships in every aspect of his life, always progressing despite initial failure

  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

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    Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe Three recurring themes in Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe are greed, vanity, and repentance. Theme is defined as an underlying or essential subject of artistic representation. These three themes play an important role in the development of the story of Moll Flanders.      The first theme, greed, is shown in Moll's acts of prostitution. Moll turns to thievery in many instances to support herself. She also allows her morals to disintegrate; a result of her greediness

  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

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    While the book, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, is exciting and enjoyable to read during a raining day, there are a few peculiarities that spring into mind when reading the book. These peculiarities cast doubt on the reality of the book and a question comes to mind; could this have really happened? Some say that, because of the in-depth descriptions in the book, that it is a true account. However, Swiss Family Robinson, a story of a shipwrecked family stranded on an island, includes many descriptions

  • Daniel DeFoe, Master Liar?

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    `Tis but the truth in masquerade" Lord Byron (1) Moll Flanders, a potent character of Defoe's, is haunted by her past, and as such, is driven to tell her story. Many literary scholars believe Defoe intentionally mislead readers to believe that Moll Flanders was a real person. Defoe has therefore often been dubbed as a liar. The dictionary definition of a lie is: To speak untruthfully with intent to mislead or deceive (2) Plots in other fictitious works, such as those by Shakespeare

  • Comparing Daniel Defoe and Robinson Crusoe

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    true felicity, when he prayed to have neither poverty or riches” (Defoe 2). This is a part of the lecture Robinson’s father had given when he tried to keep him from a life of sailing. But when your parents give you a lecture or advice, do you always listen? Sometimes you’ll disobey and follow your own path. Defoe did, and so did his fictional character Robinson Crusoe. Like this, Robinson and Defoe are alike in several ways. Defoe was inspired to write Robinson Crusoe by his living conditions, income

  • Defoe, Richardson, Fielding and the English Novel

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    Defoe, Richardson, Fielding and the English Novel        The roots of the novel extend as far back as the beginning of communication and language because the novel is a compilation of various elements that have evolved over the centuries.  The birth of the English novel, however, can be centered on the work of three writers of the 18th century: Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) and Henry Fielding (1707-1754).  Various critics have deemed both Defoe and Richardson the father

  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

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    criminal of popular biography but possesses a distinctive, individuated voice and a crafty intelligence. “She sounds at times like the former pickpocket she is, speaking in a racy demotic style, capable of self-irony, double entendre, and word play. As Defoe arranges it, she is an old woman looking back on her life with complicated retrospection, repentant of course but also undiminished in wit and spirit and in fact pretty satisfied with a good deal of her story.” (“Moll Flanders”) I agree with John J