Scope: We consider in lecture 46 one of the earliest novels written in English. Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders is a progenitor of the English plain style, a fitting format for a writer dedicated to the middle class virtues of economy and measurement. Though of limited success for some critics, the novel is capable of examining not only the ups and downs of life on the street, but the interior state of a London ruffian seemingly at the mercy of fate.
Objectives- Upon completion of this lecture, you should be able to:
1. Explain the historical context of mercantile London that helped spawn the plain style and middle class material values.
2. Describe how the character of Moll Flanders is a mix of the idealism of Yvain and the crass materialism of Pablos.
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