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How is the relationship between Robinson Crusoe and Friday symbolic of imperialist...
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When Great Britain ruled its extensive empire, it did so with the understanding that British ways were superior to all others and that part of the purpose of empire was to bear the "white man's burden" of civilizing the natives.
A reader can see Crusoe exhibiting this same sort of attitude towards Friday. He values Friday because Friday seems more "British" than the "savages." He refuses to try to learn anything from Friday, refusing, for example, to try Friday's methods for making a canoe.
Crusoe treats Friday as an inferior who is valuable to the extent that he can act British. This is symbolic of imperialist ideology.
Posted by pohnpei397 on October 17, 2009 at 11:13 PM (Answer #1)
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