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What is the theme of slavery in Robinson Crusoe?

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Slavery is treated as a normal aspect of life for those, like Crusoe, who ventured out into the wide seas. It is a hazard anyone aboard a ship faces, no matter what his race or nationality. The young Crusoe himself, who did not heed his father's warning that this would happen, is soon on board a ship captured by the Moors. He is enslaved. He writes about it both as not as bad as he had feared, yet still terrible enough to overwhelm him:

the usage I had there was not so dreadful as at first I apprehended ... I ... was kept by the captain of the rover as his proper prize, and made his slave, being young and nimble, and fit for his business. At this surprising change of my circumstances, from a merchant to a miserable slave, I was perfectly overwhelmed

However, ever resourceful, Crusoe does manage to escape and reunite with western Europeans. When his fortunes change, he takes no lesson from his distress as a slave but simply takes advantage of the resources provided by his new plantation...

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