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What is an allegorical significance in Robinson Crusoe?

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oliviachatterjee | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM via web

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What is an allegorical significance in Robinson Crusoe?

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM (Answer #1)

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The most important allegory in Robinson Crusoe is Crusoe's religious conversion while confined to the deserted island. He admits to never having cared for religion before, but in understanding that his continued survival could not be from anything other than divine help, come to accept religion. The novel acts as an allegory for the repentance of Man after sin, especially when brought to severe hardship; many people do not consider the role of religion until they have reason to ask for help. In Crusoe's case, he was part of a wealthy family until his shipwreck, after which he had nothing but his own survival instinct; although he asks for both forgiveness and gives thanks, he also continues to work, remembering the old axiom "God helps those who help themselves." In the same manner, people often ignore religion until they find themselves without any other recourse, and then become devout.

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