Character of Moll Flanders in Daniel Defoe’s Novel

 Introduction : Moll’s most salient characteristics are her ingenuity, energy, and determination to survive and do well. She is willing to sacrifice moral principles in order to prosper, but does not appear to be extraordinarily wicked: when her continued prosperity seems secure, she can be an exemplary wife, sober and virtuous.

Beautiful, Clever and Talented : She is beautiful, clever, and talented, and her education is better than those of most girls of her class, since she learned the lessons of the young ladies she served as a maid.

Manners and Habits : Her manners are generally good and she has clean habits, enabling her to pass as a lady if she chooses. She rarely lets herself despair, believing that drooping under the weight of misfortune doubles it.

Self Control : She has a great amount of self control, and in particular is able to keep important secrets from people close to her for long periods of time.

Excellent Actress : She is an excellent actress, and can take on different characters as easily as changing her clothes, but prefers to appear as a lady.

Affectionate : Although she marries for money several times, she is capable of deep affection, and devotes a great deal of time, money, and effort to saving her Lancashire husband. Her affection for her children is not terribly strong, however.

Self Esteem : There are some things she refuses to do, such as having abortions or being a streetwalker.

Cautious Thief : She is a very cautious thief, never engaging in violence or house-breaking, and never revealing more about herself than necessary.

Conclusion : Her religious principles vary depending on her circumstances: she is fairly tolerant of different sects, and usually does not seem to think about God much. She is very fervent for a while in Newgate, but that wears off as her circumstances improve – however, she is never an atheist.

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