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Posted January 26, 2010 at 6:49 AM via web

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Explain Crusoe's belief that his fortunes are connected with Providence in Robinson Crusoe?

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted February 21, 2010 at 3:59 AM (Answer #1)

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The word "Providence" is defined as the Christian God who is believed to direct believers' lives with wise benevolent care. God can also be said to offer "providence," which is defined as care and guidance of God based on knowledge of things to come. Robinson Crusoe was a devout Protestant Christian, as was author Daniel Defoe, who had faith and trust in God and God's providence. Crusoe complained of himself that almost immediately when castaway on the island, he lost all his faith and trust and ran wildly about in terror instead of applying faith and reason to finding a path to survival. He learns to listen to the "still small voice" of Providence (as defined above) that gives him understanding and protection, remarking from time to time that his skill, safety and prosperity have depended on it.

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