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In Daniel Defoe's "Roxana," what is Roxana's attitude towards marriage?

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Roxana has a rather ambiguous attitude towards marriage, which isn't surprising given her unfortunate life experiences. After having been abandoned by her drunken wastrel of a husband, she could be forgiven for developing a wholly cynical, jaundiced view of the institution. But Roxana is somewhat different from another of Defoe's strong-minded, independent heroines Moll Flanders, in that she doesn't simply see marriage as a means of financial security and nothing more.

Though financial security is indeed very important to Roxana on account of her being left destitute by her first husband, it's not the only thing; she still retains some faint spark of hope that a marriage can also be a love match. (Albeit one in which she gets to be in control). Her marriage to a Dutch merchant appears to offer her the best hope of fulfilling this ideal, but unfortunately Roxana's disreputable past as a courtesan rears its ugly head to put a stop to any chance of enduring happiness.

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In Daniel Defoe's Roxana, the main character of the same name has a very particular view of marriage, given that her own was so terrible. In her own comical way, Roxana warns women to never marry a "fool". Other than that, marriage could possibly be a good thing. However, marrying a fool is the worst thing a woman can do.

Roxana has not had a very good experience in marriage. Her former husband leaves her and her children abandoned after spending all her money. Out of spite, Roxana becomes the mistress of countless of men who are interesting and promising. From these experiences, she gets to feel what it is like to be in charge, for once in her life. This is also how she concludes that marriage may not be a bad thing, as long as the person you marry is worthy of being with you forever.

In the end, Roxana does marry a Dutch merchant with whom she had a good intimate relationship. She does end up repenting about her sexually-charged life, but we know she would have done it twice over after the horrid experiences she lived with her first husband.

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