Moll Flanders
  • From the book: The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders
  • Written by: William Defoe

Moll Flanders is a beautiful woman who has the determination to succeed because of her greed and discontentment from being a servant. She went on to marry many men, some wealthy, some not, and she continued to live many lives -- as a thief, a wife, an escort, and so much more.

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Edna Pontellier
  • From the book: The Awakening
  • Written by: Kate Chopin

Edna Pontellier is a respectable woman who knows herself. She knows what she wants and she acts upon them, however, due to the limitations placed by society on her, she struggles to find her independence.

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Emma Bovary
  • From the book: Madame Bovary
  • Written by: Gustave Flaubert

Emma Bovary is stuck in a bleak marriage. She thought of marriage as an adventure however the outcome of her own caused her great discontentment and feelings of unfulfilment. 

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Anna Karenina
  • From the book: Anna Karenina
  • Written by: Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina is one of the greatest tragedies of all time. It is a story about a young married woman who goes on to have an affair and then throws herself under a train to commit suicide.

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Elizabeth Bennet
  • From the book: Pride and Prejudice
  • Written by: Jane Austen

The book explores human nature throught the Bennet Family, but mainly on Elizabeth Bennet's turbulent relationship with an aristocrat.

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Jane Eyre
  • From the book: Jane Eyre
  • Written by: Charlotte Bronte

The novel ensues the story of a young and simple girl going through life's struggles. We follow her experiences from falling in love to becoming a governess, and more.

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Josephine (Jo) March
  • From the book: Little Women
  • Written by: Louisa May Alcott

Jo March is one of the most memorable heroines in literary history because through this book we see the dreams and aspirations, and her antics.

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Hester Prynne
  • From the book: The Scarlet Letter
  • Written by: Nathaniel Hawthorne

In this novel, Hester was forced to wear a scarlet letter to atone for her sin of adultery. 

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Lily Bart
  • From the book: The House of Mirth
  • Written by: Edith Wharton

This novel follows the story of a beautiful and charming young woman who is on the hunt for a husband.

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Daisy Miller
  • From the book: Daisy Miller
  • Written by: Henry James

We unfold the story of a simple American girl who experiences an innocent flirtation towards a young Italian that causes unfortunate consequences.

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