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How does the character of Robinson Crusoe develop?

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Over the course of his adventures, Robinson Crusoe becomes much more mature and more responsible in his interactions with the world around him.

At first, he's a bit of a young tearaway, heading out into the world against his father's wishes to make himself a fortune. In his single-minded obsession with wealth, Crusoe shows himself utterly indifferent to morality. He happily gets himself involved in the slave trade, despite the enormous suffering it brings to others. Though a throughly immoral trade, it also happens to be a very financially lucrative one—hence Crusoe's involvement with it. Even after a brief firsthand experience of life as a slave when his ship is taken over by pirates and he's enslaved by a Moor, he still remains committed to making money out of this evil trade.

Crusoe is so obsessed with his various business enterprises that he forgets all about God. He will continue to do so until long after he's shipwrecked on a desert island. Then, thanks to a sudden religious...

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