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by Daniel Defoe

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What details does Defoe include to achieve versimillitude? Do you think it makes Moll Flanders a realistic novel? Why or why not?      

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Unlike the great epics or even Shakespeare's plays, this novel presents us with extended insight into the thoughts and motivations of the main character.  One of the best things about a novel is the ability of the writer to create character development, and here, Defoe presents us with several realistic situations of a common-man type character who, at least in some part, represents "real life."  There are no monsters to battle with superhuman strength.  There are no gods intervening.  There are no supernatural events to contend with. When trying to argue...

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