Presentation on theme: "William Hogarth 1697-1764 Social Commentator---everything is not the fault of the individual-- the greater forces of society are largely at fault."— Presentation transcript:
William Hogarth Social Commentator---everything is not the fault of the individual-- the greater forces of society are largely at fault.
Harlot’s Progress Molly Hackabout Molly is met by Mother Needham at Bell Inn in Cheapside. She works on behalf of Charteris.
Molly becomes the mistress of a rich Jew whose attention she is trying to distract to allow her lover to escape out the window,
Molly’s treachery does her in and now she lives with a prostitute in a dingy room in Covent Gardens. She is now attended by a coarse, ugly servant who is diseased, note the pocket watch, which is stolen and the bailiffs coming to arrest her.
Confined to Bridewell Prison, Molly beats hemp, note her worn dress and the glare she gets from the warden. Note also that her servant is in jail with her.
Molly is now in the verge of dying from disease. Note her small child is more concerned about the food cooking than his mother. The woman is acting as the only undertaker Molly can afford and she is going through Molly’s trunk to steal what she can. The doctors are “discussing” cures for syphilis while their patient dies.
In the final scene the mourners around Molly’s coffin have gathered to view her end. The servant is using the casket as a table for her drink The parson’s behavior is questionable as he spills his brandy and reaches under the woman’s skirt seated next to him. Molly’s son is “dressed” as the official mourner. Molly’s life is gone--she died at the age of 21