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I love but hate I laugh without a smile I am ridiculous and respected hypocrite and honest a nonsense with reason a convict and a gentleman Isnt that the world we live in He is using a subtle form of humour by saying things that he does not mean This situation is odd or amusing because it involves a contrast Irony kills laughs denounces argues but is hidden behind words to look not so politically incorrect Daniel Defoe was one of those who wanted to denounce societys incongruities He used his character Moll Flanders as an archetype of 18th century England society depicting the cruelty and the immorality of the time In this autobiography the novel is written in the first person Molls life seems to be fill of contrasts and ironic situations but is that not interpretation This essay will discuss the irony in the novel Moll Flanders taking examples from the book to prove whether or not it should be considered as a ironic novel Lets have a look at the interpretations that one may have As a preliminary it must be noted that Moll has a basically bipartie structure the first part containing Molls sexual adventures the second her life as a thief her imprisonment and her transportation to America The difference here however is that Defoe has effected an organic rather than a merely schematic relationship between the two halves The episode of the two brothers an episode which is crucial to our understanding of the novels irony Moll is seduced by the elder brother of the family in which she is a maid then is persuaded by him to marry Robin the younger brother who loves her and proposed to her She is a bewildered passive object in the centre of the family dispute her position is no sooner established as the elders brother mistress than he suggests that she should accept Robins offer
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