Robinson Crusoe By Daniel Defoe

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Robinson Crusoe Character Analysis
“Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” Robinson Crusoe changes vastly, from a stubborn man to a prideful but knowledgeable one. While he accomplishes his journey of self-discovery, these are achieved by the several apparent forces. In the novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, the forces fear, natural disasters, and religion change Robinson Crusoe significantly.
A principal force that changes Robinson Crusoe in the novel is fear. Following his discovery of the footprint on the sand, Robinson secures his home and lives in his home for two years in fear. “I was exceedingly surprised with the print of a man’s naked foot on the shore, which was very plain to be seen in the sand; I stood like one thunderstruck, or as if I had seen an apparition; I listened, I looked round me… After innumerable fluttering thoughts, like a man perfectly confused, and out of myself, I came home to my fortification, not feeling, as we say, the ground I went on, but terrified to the last degree… When I came to my castle… fled into it like one pursued… I resolved to draw me a fortification… Thus in two years time I had a thick grove.” (Defoe 197-207; ch. 11) He also has an immense fear of being turned into a savage. Robinson Crusoe is a person who has lived in an urban environment until he was stranded on the island, and doesn’t want that
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