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Compare the ways in which crime is presented in Moll Flanders and Roxana? Assess how far these criminal episodes have a continuing appeal

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AS and A Level Crime & Deviance

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Oladayo Shomuyiwa St Thomas More R.C School

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Compare the ways in which crime is presented in Moll Flanders and Roxana? Assess how far these criminal episodes have a continuing appeal

Furbank and Owen have recored more than 600 works by Defoe they have concluded the more famous titles are Roxana and Moll Flanders. Coleridge himself stated that ' Roxana and Moll Flanders stand among the few great English novels which we can call indisputably great'. These two novels explore the lives of women in the early 18th century and how crime was often a woman's key to survival. The novels are set and centered in different locations in the world the 1720's. The geographical settings and mobility of the characters express their personal ambition to be known, respected and to have the finer things in life. First and foremost, before looking into the criminal lives Moll Flanders and Roxana both led, their reasons for engaging into crime has to be considered. Moll Flanders was a child born into poverty, she was born in Newgate prison, it is ironic that she tells her reader that she was 'born into a

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