Women's Role In The 18th Century Society In Moll Flanders By Daniel Defoe

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Women and Her Role in the 18th Century Society in
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe It was and is always hard to be woman in this world. You need to know what you want, be strong and determined. Because everything you do will be talked by others. The year you live doesn’t matter, there are some dogmatic thoughts about women and whatever we do, we cannot change them. Virginia Woolf, one of the most important writers in English Literature, said: “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” But the society was the main reason for a woman to become an anonymous writer. In the early 18th century, women had no right in political and economic structures. If they got money, after getting married, they had no right to talk about it because now it was
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She lies and acts like someone she is not. She pretends that she has lots of money.
[…] if a young woman have beauty, birth, breeding, wit, sense, manners, modesty, and all these to an extreme, yet if she have not money, she's nobody, she had as good want them all for nothing but money now recommends a woman; the men play the game all into their own hands. (Defoe, 63)
“As for Moll, being a woman was a misfortune and being a woman without money was a double misfortune.” (The Feminist Thoughts of Moll Flanders in Moll Flanders, 178). She becomes a prostitute and a thief to earn money. Because she is a woman and also has no money, she feels more unfortunate. She thinks that being a woman is due to men: “the disadvantages of the women, is a terrible scandal upon the men, and it lies here, and here only” (Defoe, 74)

Marriage was one of the most important things in a woman’s life. It was like a business at these times. Love was not that important because marriage could bring economic and social status but love sometimes couldn’t. Every time Moll meets a man, the only thing she questions if he is a gentleman or not. She doesn’t talk about her emotions she talks mostly about materialistic. Because her priority in life is
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At the beginning to the end, all Moll did was to find someone to her life to continue. Because without a man, she doesn’t have an income, no place in life. Every time she gets alone, the life directs her to a wrong road. She makes wrong decisions. But, this is not wholly her fault because it was not accepted in that society for a woman to work, just like a man did. They accepted the idea that woman’s only job is to become a wife and a mother. That’s why some women got isolated. Even today, in some countries in the World, women still face injustice. Just for economic, social status, women shouldn’t lose their pride, peace of mind and self-respect. The society should not lead us. Women should be encouraged to be brave and

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