How does the character of Robinson Crusoe develop?

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In the book Robinson Crusoe, the character of Crusoe develops through the necessity of his finding ways to survive on the island. He first uses his skills and evident knowledge of some survival techniques to find shelter for himself and security from any possible predators. Crusoe's first night is spent in the trees, and after that, he painstakingly builds a shelter against a high cliff, even carving out more room within it over time. Crusoe next revisits the stranded ship he arrived on and scavenges supplies and parts of the ship after constructing a raft for this purpose. He finishes saving the needed supplies just before the ship is carried off by a storm.

Crusoe wards off what could have been impending insanity by keeping himself busy with finding ways to survive. His character develops further as he fences in and domesticates a goat. His evolving friendship with his found friend, Friday, adds depth to his character as the two learn to communicate and cooperate.

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