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  1. Female Narrator. Within Daniel Defoes novel Moll Flanders, he expertly produces the voice of a woman. His ability to make the narrative one that is effortlessly female is aided by numerous factors.

    His education was not extravagant and he had many aspirations to rise in the social rankings. Similarly, his character Moll was also born in a lower class, her mother being a convict (Defoe 46). Also, just as Defoe aspired to make a name for himself, Moll, when asked by her motherly nurse, says she wants to be a "gentlewoman" (Defoe 49). These two foundations are what Molls entire character is built upon. Because of the class she was born into, Moll intends to rise in the ranks. This in turn leads to the very calculative nature that becomes inherent in Moll.

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  2. In her famous novel My ntonia, Willa Cather explores and develops issues of identity in a variety of ways. As well as illustrating the divide between various ethnic groups, Cather raises questions of gender identity and attempts to redefine Ameri

    In the novel, Jim Burden seems to convey traditional male attitudes. He moves outward, engages in change and writes possessively about "his" �ntonia. The conventional pattern of development further highlights Jim's male attitude to life. After leaving the farm he moves to the city, completes his law degree at Harvard, marries well and joins a large corporation as a lawyer. Throughout the novel, Jim is portrayed by Cather as a man who desires to protect women and act as a form of liberating hero. As he does, Jim wishes for �ntonia to also conform to a strict set of values.

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  3. Explain the ways in which Gothic is about reading and misreading

    to be read by their own heroine, who if she accidentally take up a novel, is sure to turn over its insipid pages with disgust.2 Indeed, this view is common: In The Monk, Elvira despises novels, and would not have permitted her daughter to read them, and even places strictures on the reading of the bible, having made 'two resolutions respecting the bible.... That Antonia should not read it till she was of an age to feel its beauties and profit by its morality...

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  4. Novels of the 1890s are different in so many ways from the novels of the rest of the Nineteenth-Century that they seem almost to belong to a different genre. To what extent would you agree with this claim?

    in genre style, and can be seen as a progression and extension of the realist novel rather than a completely different genre. The fin de si�cle novel of the 1890's represented the transgression of the conventional genre boundaries, as they reflected the uncertainty, questioning and challenging of identity that dominated the end of one century and the beginning of another. Dracula, as part of this movement, uses its themes, style, and structure as 'a reaction against realism', using the gothic as a map to explore what 'in realism, is not only unsaid, but probably unsayable' (Walder, p.197).

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