Life Events in Moll Flanders, Joseph Andrews, and Pamela
A look at the life events and their psychological impact in these novels by three different authors, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, and Daniel Defoe.
“However, the emotional details in Moll’s private history are slightly skewed. The reader does not receive the same traditionalist perspective that is seen in Fielding’s work (but it is seen in Richardson’s Pamela). We do not have a third person point of view to keep us detached from the elements of the story. Thus, the reader gets out of place details like the Devil voice goading Moll to commit horrible acts; `Here I say that the Devil put me upon killing the child in the dark Alley but the thought frightened me so I was ready to drop down` (Defoe, 151) This is one instance that the private history shows the psychological impact of daily life, showing an auditory manifestation of a criminal persona. Also unlike Pamela and Joseph Andrews, the narrator is biased and wants to cast herself in the most favorable perspective. As the case with the captain, she talked the reader into believing that, `..he had foreclosed all manner of objection he had declared he took me without any regard to my Portion weather I was in jest or earnest. I had him fast both ways yet he could never say that I had cheated him.` (p.64) ”