Compare and contrast Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels with specific textual evidence, and please put emphasis on their differences.

Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe are both travel adventures told by a first-person narrator. However, Gulliver's Travels is a satiric work of fantasy while Robinson Crusoe is an attempt at a realist novel.

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Gulliver’s Travels and Robinson Crusoe are similar in that both are adventure stories told in the voice of the main characters. In Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, the narrative is under the direction of Robinson. In Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Lemuel Gulliver is in charge of moving the journey along.

Other interesting similarities involve the presence of fathers at the beginning. Both characters seem compelled to note their dads right away. The first chapter of Gulliver’s Travels begins with Gulliver declaring: “My father had a small estate in Nottinghamshire.” Likewise, the slightly longer first sentence in Robinson Crusoe's first chapter mentions the main character’s father. By the second sentence, Crusoe confirms that his father “got a good estate.”

These examples evince that both main characters are concerned with patriarchy and status. While they don't pretend to be members of the elite, they appear obligated to acknowledge that their fathers are neither poor nor...

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