It is the tale of “The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders... Who Was Born In Newgate, and During a Life of Continu'd Variety For Threescore Years, Besides Her Childhood, Was Twelve Year a Whore, Five Times a Wife Whereof Once To Her Own Brother], Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon In Virginia, At Last Grew Rich, Liv'd Honest, and Died a Penitent...” Wikipedia
In 1772, Defoe wrote Moll Flanders, another first-person picaresque novel of the fall and eventual redemption of a lonely woman in the eighteen century in England.
Defoe wrote this after his work as a journalist and pamphleteer. By 1722, Defoe had become recognised as a novelist, with the success of Robinson Crusoe.
The heroine appears as a whore, bigamist and thief, commits adultery and incest, yet manages to keep the reader’s sympathy.
Defoe presents Moll Flanders as an autobiography, written by an old woman. In fact, his female character is so realistic that the reader would willingly believe that the book has been written by a woman. Moll's speech reveals that Defoe was a keen observer, with an intuitive knowledge of a woman's mind. It is worth mentioning that Defoe championed the cause of equality for women living in a rigid patriarchal society.
Moll was born poor but had ambitions and she sacrificed her personal virtue to achieve her goals.
However, she believes she has behaved as virtuous as possible. Of course, throughout many pages, the reader comes to understand that Moll has a liberal definition of virtue. While it is true that Moll has a conscience, she does not often listen to her inner voice and has a multitude of excuses to justify her actions.
Plot summary in Spanish:
(Voz de Mario Blanco)