Document Type



Bachelor of Arts in English


Deborah A. Robinson,Ph. D.


This thesis examines the role of education in women's access to opportunity and success in eighteenth-century Britain. Education during this time played an extremely significant role in providing British citizens with the tools necessary to enter and succeed in the workforce. However, only British males were afforded formal schooling opportunities and resulting employment avenues: women were consistently denied education within a school setting. To understand the immensely important role education --or lack of education --played within women's lives, this thesis will analyze Daniel Defoe's eighteenth-century novel, Moll Flanders, specifically how his protagonist, Moll, utilizes her brief formal schooling and more substantial inquiry and problem-solving skills to create her own avenues for success.