Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

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"Robinson Crusoe is a masterpiece." Discuss.

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This is an open discussion prompt, and it requires you to explore the statement and defend it or defend a rebuttal. You are certainly able to claim that the statement is erroneous; however, I would definitely caution against that. Most readers are likely to enter into your essay already believing that Robinson Crusoe is a masterpiece. Your reader is much more likely to be supportive of your statements if you are already starting from the same base opinion. Saying that the story is not a masterpiece is likely to give you an antagonistic reader, and that kind of reader is much more difficult...

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