Can you tell me about religion,racism and colonialism in Robinson Crusoe?If you have a lot of information about my question please write these information about religion racism and colonialism in...

Can you tell me about religion,racism and colonialism in Robinson Crusoe?

If you have a lot of information about my question please write these information about religion racism and colonialism in Robinson Crusoe.

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Religion: Defoe is a Christian writer (personally, he was a Dissenter, a Protestant not part of the Church of England). Christianity is seen as a civilizing and benevolent influence, and Crusoe himself is much improved when he becomes pious when stranded on the island.

Racism: Moors, or Arabs, are typically villains in the story. Slavery is considered acceptable. Friday and the tribe are `civilized` when converted to Christianity and British tradition and that is viewed as an improvement over their native habits and beliefs.

Colonialism: The Brazilian sugar plantation is an example of colonialism, as is the slaving expedition. All of Robinson Crusoe’s seafaring, and the image of seafaring as a path to riches, are cases where the British and other Europeans exploit and colonize South America, Africa, and India in order to gain personal and national wealth.

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