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What is Defoe's approach to criminal activities in Moll Flanders?

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Defoe depicts eighteenth-century society as a large markeplace where people struggle to survive. In this struggle, it is difficult to remain moral. Yet, for all his interest in this theme, Defoe came from a Puritan background which urged him to use his works to teach moral lessons. Thus, he approaches Moll's criminal activities and her other immoral actions with a didactic intent. In the Preface,...

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