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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 into

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 of

  • 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

  • Radical Views of Defoe Exposed in Moll Flanders

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    Views of Defoe Exposed in Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe is a proponent of the unorthodox in his novel Moll Flanders in which he shapes many aspects of Moll's life after those of his own.  The concepts he puts forth in the work are radically different from beliefs customary to seventeenth century England.  Appealing to and championing the common man, Defoe constructs an iconoclastic piece that praises a common woman. In spite of gender differences, Moll mirrors Defoe's life.  Defoe draws on

  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

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    Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe Moll Flanders was a product of her vanity and pride. She devoted her entire life to achieving some sort of wealth and social status. Her pride encompassed her entire life and affected all of her life decisions. Moll sacrificed many things, including love, religion, self-respect, and peace of mind, in order to attain a sort of affluence. Eventually, Moll achieves her desires and retires a gentlewoman in America, but her journey definitely took a serious toll on her

  • Daniel DeFoe, Master Liar?

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    lie? `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

  • Analysis Of Robinson Crusoe By Daniel Defoe

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    Robinson Crusoe, written by Daniel Defoe, is a historical fiction novel that takes place in the 1600’s. Although written by Defoe, the story is told completely in the first person by the main character Robinson. It allows the reader to experience the full story from his perspective and know what is going through his mind during main events. The story occurs in a variety of places, including England, the Brazils, and a deserted island in the Atlantic Ocean. However, a majority of the book takes place

  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

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    Burt, Daniel S. "Moll Flanders." Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 18 Dec. 2013 . Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. Print. "Moll Flanders." Novels for Students. Ed. Elizabeth Thomason. Vol. 13. Detroit: Gale, 2002. 145-169. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 6 Mar. 2014. Watt, Ian. "Defoe As Novelist: Moll Flanders." The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson, and Fielding. University of California Press, 1957. 93-134. Rpt. in Literature Criticism

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