Daniel Defoe 's Robinson Crusoe

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Through a critical exegesis of Daniel Defoe 's Robinson Crusoe (1719), insight and perception is gleaned in regards to both the way the text praises or condemns the priorities of its time and the examination of the values which underpin it. It is with this analysis of Robinson Crusoe that the values of the time in regards to; Colonialism, imperialism and religious neglect can be observed as either being praised or challenged.
One of the most societally impacting features of Defoe 's time was colonialism and as a result the exploration of foreign waters and expansion of the British colony. In the realist fiction novel, Robinson Crusoe, colonialism is considered to be a thematic focus which is ultimately praised and promoted all throughout the book. The quote, "...I was king and lord of all this country indefeasibly, and had a right of possession..." (pg.80) is a direct reference to colonialism and the monarchy. It cleverly elucidates the notion that Crusoe has granted himself complete power over this land through the use of the monarchical metaphor. This metaphor indicates that Crusoe believes himself to be the highest tiered person of the lands thus meaning he believes he owns the land . There is also the vehement tone in this highly modal expression which communicates an idea that Crusoe is under the impression that he completely owns the land and all within it. Thus it is made clear that it is colonialism had such an impact on the people of Defoe 's time as both the idea…
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