NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Further Thoughts on Moll Flanders and Some Questions
In yesterday's post, I mentioned a discussion I had with a friend regarding Moll Flanders repeatedly abandoning her children to the care of others. Quite a few readers here had some comments on the topic, too! Upon further reflection and discussion, I proposed that considering Moll's situation and her professions of prostitution and thieving, perhaps the children were much better off where they were rather than with her. She always expressed affection for the children she bore and always made sure as she could that they were going to receive good care. Many times, she wanted to be able to see them, but did not want them to see her or to know she was their mother. Because she never knew whether or not she would be able to find a husband/protector or how she was going to survive, I believe it was not selfishness that made her leave her children but love and concern that they have the opportunity, however small, for a better life than what she could offer them.
That, in turn, led me to these questions: Picture yourself as a woman suddenly alone in the 1700's with either no or very little means of support. Could you permanently leave your child or children to be raised by another family if you knew it would spare them a life of severe poverty and misery? What if that child was a brand new baby? What if the child was older, say four or five or more?
Does seeing through Moll Flanders eyes give you any potential insight into the feelings of a parent giving their child up for adoption in modern times? Or is that a completely different scenario?