Robinson Crusoe Questions and Answers
by Daniel Defoe

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What's the theme of adventure in Robinson Crusoe?

The theme of adventure in Robinson Crusoe is closely related to self-discovery. Through his various adventures, Crusoe comes to find out more about himself. When he first embarks upon his journey, he’s a somewhat arrogant young man who only thinks of himself and his own needs. But by the end of the story, he’s found God and learned much more about the kind of person he could be.

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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, Crusoe becomes the sole survivor of a dramatic shipwreck. Finding himself all alone on an island, he realizes the odds are stacked against him.

More than any more exalted themes, the story of exactly how a lone man manages to stay alive and thrive on an untamed island has captured imaginations for many generations. We identify with Crusoe because, like us, he is an ordinary human. The novel has no supernatural elements: no magical fairies or sprites are going to come to save him. We put ourselves in his shoes and keep reading to find out how Crusoe will use nothing but his wits and hard work to beat the odds. The wealth of detail that Defoe offers about what Crusoe exactly does to survive makes the story believable and interesting.

Later, as Crusoe settles in and his mere survival is no longer a...

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