37 pages 1 hour read

Daniel Defoe

Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1724

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Essay Topics


Do you think religion and a sense of religious morality play an important role in Roxana’s fate? With close reference to text, give reasons for your answer. 


How does Roxana negotiate the boundary between her position as a revered mistress and a “common Whore” (208)?


Roxana famously argues that a wife is “look’d upon, as but an Upper-Servant” whereas “a Mistress is Sovereign” (132). With close reference to the text, state whether you think that Roxana’s life and attitudes fulfil this statement.