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Daniel Defoe

We can trace Defoe's interest in the education of women to as early as 1705–1706, when he was working on behalf of the British government for the union of Scotland and Britain in 1707. For example,...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 1:33 am UTC

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Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe begins the essay with emotive language, juxtaposing the "barbarous" custom of failing to educate women with the "civilized and Christian" country we imagine ourselves to inhabit. This...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 11:54 am UTC

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Daniel Defoe

Defoe argues in this essay that women are just as intelligent as men but without education, are not anywhere near the perfect companions they could be. As a matter of fact, he adds, there isn't a...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2015 10:42 am UTC

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Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe is the protagonist of Daniel Defoe's novel of the same name, published in 1719. He is an adventurous man, who sets sail to explore despite his father's request that he pursue a...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2018 6:26 am UTC

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Daniel Defoe

Defoe's essay on the education of women was, for its time, very unconventional. Most men, even enlightened men, subscribed to the belief that women were not equipped intellectually to deal with...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2012 7:42 am UTC

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Daniel Defoe

Two prominent literary devices that Daniel Defoe uses in A Journal of the Plague Year are symbolism and allegory. Allegory is a rhetorical device that uses stories or pictures to convey hidden...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2015 3:04 pm UTC

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Daniel Defoe

Many great authors draw from personal experiences when writing their works. Defoe was no different. Throughout his life, he suffered through many devastations and calamitous situations. When he...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2010 8:18 am UTC

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Daniel Defoe

Slavery is a common theme in Robinson Crusoe. Crusoe himself becomes a slave owner, owning a sugar plantation in Brazil which relies on slave labor for its cultivation. Earlier in the story,...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2018 12:32 pm UTC

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Daniel Defoe

On the one hand, a modern defender of women's rights who read Defoe's essay would regard it as a reflection of traditional understandings of gender. Defoe clearly believes that women are primarily...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2019 1:59 pm UTC

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Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe presents the case of a man with a very intriguing biography, one that certainly allowed him to understand the role of the outcast. As a very prolific author, he wrote a number of...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2018 9:27 pm UTC

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Daniel Defoe

When Defoe uses the term "well bred" he really means a woman who is cultivated and cultured. "Well bred" has to do with education, not with parentage. He argues that a well bred woman is simply a...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2011 10:38 pm UTC

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Daniel Defoe

The English novel was still in its infancy when Daniel Defoe published Roxana in 1724. When modern readers come to these early works, they are often struck by the didactic nature of the form, and...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2020 3:54 pm UTC

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I teach Robinson Crusoe to my 8th English class every year, and because I teach in a Christian school, we discuss the theme of listening to God and following His path for our lives. Crusoe has to...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2008 8:09 pm UTC

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Daniel Defoe

The question that is most directly addressed in Daniel Defoe's "An Academy for Women" is question number three. Defoe argues that the differences between men and women are societal or cultural,...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012 8:32 pm UTC

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Daniel Defoe

I will start with the laboring poor. Of course, since Daniel Defoe was English, he spells it "labouring poor." Anyway, as you might be aware from your Defoe reading, Defoe did not hold the laboring...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2020 1:29 pm UTC

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