What is the theme of slavery in Robinson Crusoe?

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belarafon eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Slavery, being a normal part of everyday life in the 1700s when Robinson Crusoe was written, is treated as simply a fact and not a moral issue. Early in the book Crusoe himself is captured and sold into slavery, but is treated well and is able to escape; from this, he takes the position that he cannot stand to be made to serve, but does not apply this attitude to other slaves. When Friday appears on the island, Crusoe initially treats him as a child-like savage, but soon discovers that Friday is as innately intelligent as himself, and is both impressed and somewhat humbled. While he continues to treat Friday like a servant, he does not treat him as a slave; in fact, Crusoe's initial defense of Friday against the cannibals is indicative of his personal convictions.

amlo | Student

 his servitude has become a symbol of imperialist oppression throughout the modern world. Friday’s overall charisma works against the emotional deadness that many readers find in Crusoe

amlo | Student

fraidy and robinson's relationship is reprsent the relationship the bowerfull country and it's clonzation to the small countrys