Moll Flanders | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Michael F. Suarez

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Moll Flanders.
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Critical Essay by Michael F. Suarez

SOURCE: Suarez, Michael F. “The Shortest Way to Heaven? Moll Flanders' Repentance Reconsidered.” In 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, Vol. 3, edited by Kevin L. Cope, pp. 3-28. New York: AMS Press, Inc., 1997.

In the following essay, Suarez argues that Defoe stresses the insincerity of Moll's repentance with deliberate irony.

The proper habit of repentance is not fine linen, or any delicate array … but sackcloth and ashes.

—Robert Parsons (1680)

The reader of Moll Flanders (1722) must confront the “memorandums” of a seventy-year-old woman who professes to be a repentant sinner.1 Moll tells her readers that she wishes to enlighten and edify her audience by relating the Providential progress of events that effected her moral and religious improvement. Yet, in both attitude and action, the ever-enigmatic Moll...

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