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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.

    • Word count: 1479
  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" ´┐Żntonia. 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 ´┐Żntonia to also conform to a strict set of values.

    • Word count: 1408

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