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Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe tells the story of a man cast away on an isolated island who attempts to create a life for himself. An important thing to note in reading the novel is that...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2015 7:54 pm UTC

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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

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...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2021 4:41 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...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2020 7:02 pm UTC

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Robinson Crusoe

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...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2020 5:33 pm UTC

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Robinson Crusoe

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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Robinson Crusoe

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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Robinson Crusoe

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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Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe presents the character of Robinson Crusoe as a man who does not question the ethics of slavery. Crusoe believes that enslaving others, while it may be unpleasant for those who are...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2020 6:09 am UTC

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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 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,...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2020 12:52 pm UTC

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Robinson Crusoe

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...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2020 2:32 am UTC

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Robinson Crusoe

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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Robinson Crusoe

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...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2017 10:50 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...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019 9:54 am UTC

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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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Robinson Crusoe

As the other answer indicates, Crusoe is both a slave owner and slave trader before his shipwreck and seems to have no qualms about buying and owning people from Africa. After his shipwreck, and...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2019 12:10 pm UTC

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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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One could say that Robinson Crusoe is a spiritual autobiography, which charts a soul's long, tortuous journey to salvation. The book's overriding religious theme is established right from the...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2018 12:33 pm UTC

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Robinson Crusoe

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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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...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2009 4:51 am UTC

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Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe was published on 25 April 1719. It is written in the form of an autobiography of its fictional eponymous narrator. Crusoe leaves for his first sea voyage on August...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 12:12 am UTC

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Robinson Crusoe

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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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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Robinson Crusoe

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...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 1:55 pm UTC

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Robinson Crusoe

The title character of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe's extraordinarily successful and influential 1719 novel, goes through several changes from the stress and responsibility of living on a deserted...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 2:17 am UTC

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I would conclude that good has prevailed over evil in this case. It is completely typical of Crusoe to weigh life in the balance this way, as if he is placing good and evil on a set of scales and...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2018 11:38 am UTC

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Like everybody else, I read the story through the lens of my own time and place. I find the plot compelling. I am drawn into the story by its realism. Crusoe offers us as a wealth of detail about...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018 2:55 pm UTC

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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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Irony presents itself in many situational capacities throughout Robinson Crusoe's journey, and most stem from the title character's outlook on certain situations, an outlook that seems alien and...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2020 4:48 pm UTC

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Puritan values are presented by Robinson Crusoe's father, who urges his son to take the middle road and work hard in order to live a successful life. In the exposition of the novel his father tells...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2015 7:59 am UTC

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It is thought that the story in Robinson Crusoe is based on the life of Alexander Selkirk (1676-1721), a Scottish sailor and buccaneer known for being quarrelsome as a youth, as he beat up his...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016 8:01 pm UTC

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Even after his initial shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is obsessed with travel and takes another ship to Africa. This is the most important journey he takes, for it allows him to gain valuable knowledge...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2012 6:57 pm UTC

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In Daniel Defoe's novel, Robinson Crusoe, Crusoe's father refers to his son as being in a "middle state." This generally relates to what is common (as his father sees it) among adventurers in...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2011 7:03 am UTC

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Robinson Crusoe is left stranded on a desert island, which forces him to dig deep into his own intellectual resources to survive. The traditions of the outside world and the authority they have...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018 7:37 am UTC

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Robinson Crusoe

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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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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In Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, I believe that Crusoe starts a journal for much the same reasons that he builds furniture, grows food, improves his "home," and tries to domesticate the goats: he is...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2011 1:38 pm UTC

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The solitary existence that Robinson Crusoe must live after he is shipwrecked requires him to come to terms with the substantial physical requirements of the tightly constrained environment; in...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2019 5:43 am UTC

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I don't know that I can agree with the idea that society is the protagonist in Pride and Prejudice and not the "self-reliant" individual. I think that Elizabeth is the protagonist, and she is, in...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2011 5:21 am 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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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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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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If you are to look carefully at the writings of Defoe, particularly his treatment of slavery, he makes it very clear that he thinks the slave trade is abominable. He does a fine job of portraying...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2011 12:57 am 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 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...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2015 2:51 pm UTC

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Since Crusoe found himself to be alone, the only human on the island, he was able to do whatever he wished. Realizing this, he considers himself to be the ruler of the island and the possessor of...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2012 10:31 pm UTC

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Based on the wording of the question being "compare," I am assuming that the answer should focus on the similarities between the two texts. Probably the first thing to take note of is that both...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019 6:49 pm UTC

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Yes, Robinson Crusoe is a solidly, and even supremely, middle-class character. In England, Crusoe's land of birth, and in fact throughout Europe there were three classes of people: the hereditary...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2019 11:48 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2018 10:24 am UTC

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