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Robinson Crusoe

The relationship between Crusoe and Man Friday has been examined eagerly by a number of critics, especially in recent times postcolonialists. Their relationship certainly seems to be ambiguous and...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2009, 12:32 am (UTC)

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Robinson Crusoe has often been called a middle-class novel. This is because its moral lessons uphold core middle-class virtues. Crusoe thrives through hard work, careful planning, frugality, and...

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Gulliver’s Travels and Robinson Crusoe are similar in that both are adventure stories told in the voice of the main characters. In Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, the narrative is under the...

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The expression “dreadful deliverance” is both an oxymoron and a candid statement of both the good and the bad that Robinson Crusoe can see in his situation. On the positive side, he isn’t dead like...

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Novels like Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe allow readers to explore important themes through the lens of an exciting story. In this tale, readers are invited to reflect deeply on ambition, risk and...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2021, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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The adventure in Robinson Crusoe emerges through an exciting plot that pits man against nature. After going to sea against the advice of his sober-minded parents and surviving many adventures,...

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In Chapter 16 of Robinson Crusoe, the narrator describes his attack on some unarmed islanders he calls "savages" and "cannibals." Having rescued their prisoners, he describes his position as master...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2020, 7:38 am (UTC)

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The novel Robinson Crusoe is filled with a variety of symbols. Money becomes a symbol for Robinson, a symbol at first of all the things he might do with his life, of the successes he might find and...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2021, 8:47 pm (UTC)

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Nature is important in the novel because it controls Robinson Crusoe despite his best efforts but also inspires as well as challenges him. Crusoe’s journey of self-discovery occurs entirely through...

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Throughout the novel, Robinson Crusoe struggles with what he has believed in his life and what he now believes to have discovered as truth. The most important of these is his relationship with...

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Robinson Crusoe accepts slavery as a normal, if unfortunate, condition in life and does not morally condemn it. He was both a slave at one point and he enslaves others. Crusoe's enslavement occurs...

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To survive on the island, Robinson Crusoe determines that he needs a shelter to protect him "from the heat of the sun" and from "ravenous creatures." To this end, he finds a hollow in a hill and he...

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A picaresque novel is one that is a reaction and counterpart to works that revolved around knights and strict adherence to the code of chivalry. Typically, a picaresque work concerns a protagonist...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020, 5:41 pm (UTC)

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Robinson Crusoe has a number of settings that include three continents (Africa, Europe and South America) and four ships. The novel begins in the North Yorkshire city of York where Crusoe was born...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019, 12:23 pm (UTC)

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A picaresque novel is a realistic novel written in first-person in which a hero must use their wits to navigate a hostile environment. One might view Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe as a...

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The narrative techniques included used in Robinson Crusoe include those of realistic fiction, autobiography, and spiritual autobiography. Crusoe narrates the events of the novel from his own point...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2016, 5:42 pm (UTC)

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Xury the slave boy is only a minor character in Robinson Crusoe, but his brief appearance tells us an awful lot about what kind of person Crusoe is at this stage of his journey. Crusoe has been...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2021, 10:24 am (UTC)

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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...

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One night, Robinson Crusoe has a terrible nightmare: a fever dream brought on by the ague. In the dream, he's confronted with the truly terrifying vision of a strange man descending from the black...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019, 2:14 pm (UTC)

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Having defeated a group of twenty-one islanders (to whom he distainfully refers as “savages”) and rescued their prisoners, Robinson Crusoe remarks that his island “was now peopled.” He has long...

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At the end of Robinson Crusoe, Crusoe and Friday are rescued. An English ship arrives, and Crusoe helps save its captain from mutineers. He leaves a group of mutineer sailors behind, armed with...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2021, 1:29 pm (UTC)

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After being sold into slavery, Crusoe thinks every day about how he might make his escape. He is unable to think of any plan which might be successful, until one day, two years after being...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2021, 12:39 pm (UTC)

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As others have noted, Robinson Crusoe functions as a religious allegory, but perhaps it functions more interestingly from a modern perspective as an allegory for colonialism, with Crusoe as the...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2016, 11:03 pm (UTC)

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Robinson Crusoe is intended to be an allegory for what happens when we turn away from God. Crusoe has been washed up on a desert island where he's been provided with everything he needs to survive....

Latest answer posted March 27, 2019, 6:00 am (UTC)

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Although Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels were published in the same time period, 1719 and 1726, respectively, they have very different main characters. This reflects the very different...

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There are several significant points about the title page. The first significant point is that the author presents this fictional story as a personal autobiography, written by Robinson Crusoe...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2015, 10:40 am (UTC)

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When Robinson Crusoe escapes from the Moors, he takes Xury with him, promising that he will make him a great man if he will swear to keep faith with Crusoe. Xury keeps his side of the bargain....

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019, 1:23 pm (UTC)

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Crusoe's treatment of Friday is a case study in imperialist ideology. After Crusoe saves Friday's life, he turns him into a possession. There is never any sense that Crusoe could regard the...

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Another innovative feature to Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is the candid introspection of the narrator. For, before the publication of this novel, there were few characters who internalized to the...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2012, 7:20 pm (UTC)

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Robinson Crusoe, written by Daniel Defoe, is a novel. A novel is a genre defined as a long imaginative work of literature written in prose. In other words, it is fictional rather than based on a...

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Robinson Crusoe was first published in 1719. At this point in history, racism was so thoroughly ingrained in European culture that it is quite unconscious in most of those passages in the book...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2020, 9:09 am (UTC)

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The character of Robinson Crusoe is certainly the model "homo economicus." The novel is a serialization of the life of a "man-made" survivalist. He even leaves his family for the sake of economic...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2019, 3:05 pm (UTC)

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The importance of Robinson Crusoe to English Literature is that it is considered to be one of the most important precursors of the novel as a genre (the others being Defoe's "Moll Flanders," and...

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In Chapter 22 of the book, Friday and another person are captives of the cannibals who evidently come to the island to have their festivities and then leave by canoe. One victim is killed, and the...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2009, 11:28 pm (UTC)

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Xury and Friday are very similar in that they act as faithful, reliable, and very helpful servants or slaves to Robinson Crusoe. Both look to Crusoe for guidance as their superior, and both follow...

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The climax in a narrative is characterized by a confrontation that becomes a turning point and enables the resolution of the conflicts that have driven the story to that point. In the case of...

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Robinson Crusoe discovers in talking to the hostages on the beach that one of them is the captain of the English vessel that has arrived on the shores of Crusoe's island. This commander is very...

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During Robinson Crusoe's isolation on the island, he finds that he has access to food, fresh water, and supplies from another wrecked boat. As he is building a shelter and finding ways to survive,...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2012, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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Although Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is a novel, it purports to be a travel narrative, a genre which has always been replete with bizarre fantasies, even when the author claimed not to be writing...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019, 10:50 pm (UTC)

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Part of Robinson Crusoe's desire to go to sea has to do with his status as the third son. Crusoe says that since he was not trained for any trade, it was only natural for him to have "rambling...

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The genre of "Robinson Crusoe" would best fit into the category of adventure novel. Perhaps you could put it into a sub genre of isolation story, but adventure novel would probably be the best...

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Robinson Crusoe's most admirable character trait is his staunch individualism. Here is a man determined to make his own way in the world, to stake his claim in the far-flung corners of the globe...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2020, 9:53 pm (UTC)

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In the opening chapter of the novel, the eponymous narrator tells us that, from an early age, he began to "be filled ... with rambling thoughts." In other words, he had thoughts about journeying...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2021, 11:43 am (UTC)

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At first, Crusoe doesn't think much about God or his will—he is absorbed in the work needed to survive on the island. But after he gets sick and realizes that there is no help for him, he begins to...

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In the story, Robinson suffered from a terrible attack of the ague. The text tells us that he could not eat or drink during his sickest moments. On the evening of June 27th, Robinson had a...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2018, 9:38 pm (UTC)

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Slavery is treated as a normal aspect of life for those, like Crusoe, who ventured out into the wide seas. It is a hazard anyone aboard a ship faces, no matter what his race or nationality. The...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020, 5:19 pm (UTC)

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As readers, we never find out the real name of the island Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked on. He calls it "The Island of Despair," saying, I, poor miserable Robinson Crusoe, being shipwrecked...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019, 9:29 pm (UTC)

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As Robinson Crusoe is middle-class, he's expected to make his own way in the world. He wasn't born with a sliver spoon in his mouth; he hasn't had everything handed to him on a silver platter, as...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019, 6:10 am (UTC)

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The primary lesson Robinson Crusoe learns from his adventures, which he restates in various ways throughout the narrative, can be summed up as follows: I acquiesced in the dispositions of...

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Robinson Crusoe begins his first voyage upon the invitation of a friend and his friend’s father, beginning his career as a sailor. On his first night aboard the vessel, he experiences the...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2018, 2:34 pm (UTC)

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