How is individualism showed in Robinson Crusoe?

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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines individualism as the concept that all duties, values, and rights are derived from individuals rather than a group. Individualism expresses the idea that the needs and rights of the individual are of supreme importance.

With that definition in mind, we can clearly see how Robinson Crusoe expresses individualism. Crusoe, stranded all alone on a deserted island, is necessarily left to his own resources and has to make his own practical and ethical decisions. Though he is lonely in his new home, he forges onward and does what he needs to do to survive. When he does realize he is thriving in his new home, he is proud of his individualism and independence. Further, he does not perceive the land and resources...

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