- Feb 2020
I began now seriously to reflect upon what I had done
This seems like a huge contrast to the story of Fantomina, where she seemingly never reflects upon why she is pursuing sir Beauplaisir and feels no shame in constantly scamming him. This can be noted in the story where she immediately leaves the place she's staying at when she hears Beauplaisir leaves “and in that Time provided herself of another Disguise to carry on a third Plot”. Here Fantomina doesn't give her plan of scamming him a second thought, and displays absolutely no remorse. The juxtaposition of both of these characters and their stories demonstrate how distinct these stories truly are. In Fantomina, we see a very different type of story, completely apart from stories that existed at that time. Robinson crusoe seems to have more of a traditional story vibe, having aspects that reflect the bible. Robinson Crusoe demonstrates how some early novels still maintained traits from traditional literatures and Fantomina demonstrates the beginning of distinct genres and perspectives coming into play within the narrative.
Haywood, Eliza. “Fantomina.” Fantomina: Or, Love in a Maze., digital.library.upenn.edu/women/haywood/fantomina/fantomina.html. Mowat, Diane, and Daniel Defoe. Robinson Crusoe. Oxford University Press Canada, 2008.