In Robinson Crusoe, what is your conclusion of Robinson Crusoe's comparison between the evil and good?Evil I am cast upon a horrible desolate island, void of all hope of recovery. Good But I am...

In Robinson Crusoe, what is your conclusion of Robinson Crusoe's comparison between the evil and good?

Evil

I am cast upon a horrible desolate island, void of all hope of recovery.

Good

But I am alive, and not drowned as all my ship's company was.

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This is a classic glass half-full, glass half-empty response, which shows that there is truly a silver lining to every cloud. Note the way that Robinson Crusoe starts off by focusing on the evil of what has happened to him. He recognises that he is in a desperate plight as he is alone on a "horrible island" without the slightest chance of being rescued. On the one hand, we can see the truth of this: he does truly face an unenviable position. Yet, he is able to go on from this and say that he is actually fortunate, because apart from facing the terrible fate that he is forced to endure, he is also incredibly lucky. He, unlike his fellow sailors, did not end his days in a watery grave after suffering a terrible death by drowning during the shipwreck. Robinson Crusoe thus demonstrates an ability to see both perspectives of the issue, finally using the positive aspect to give him strength to face the day and carry on with his life.

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