In The Swiss Family Robinson, what were the challenges the Robinsons experienced in New Switzerland?

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Clearly, finding themselves stranded on a ship near an island where no other forms of life exist and where the Robinson family have to fight for survival by themselves with no hope of eventual rescue or return to civilisation would be a significant challenge for any of us. This central challenge is of course what drives the novel as we follow the exploits of the Robinson family in making themselves their "New Switzerland" and trying to adapt to very different circumstances from what they had formerly been used to.

However, on the other hand, we could argue that the challenge the Robinson family face is not that great due to the way in which the island seems to contain everything that they need. There is a menagerie of different creatures that would be biologically impossible in the real world, as penguins exist with flamingoes. The family therefore have all the natural resources necessary for constructing their own life on the island and making themselves very comfortable. Therefore, whilst there are definite challenges in "New Switzerland," at the same time it is possible to see how these challenges are in fact diluted by the natural resources on the island.

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