How does Defoe show irony in Robinson Crusoe?

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The most powerful irony in this work, when read by a twenty-first century audience at least, is the stark discrepancy between Crusoe's religious conversion and his imperialist attitudes. While his spiritual rebirth on the island seems sincere, it is inconsistent with both his enslavement of Friday and his sense of natural superiority.