Robinson Crusoe: King or Soul Searcher

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When one thinks of the character Robinson Crusoe, stunning images of a deserted island, a free, self-sufficient man, and a shipwreck come to mind. However, to understand who Robinson Crusoe is as a character, one must first understand the society that he was raised in and how that contributes to his actions on the island. In other words, with the constant stress of trying to make something of himself in Seventeenth Century Europe, it seemed the only way out was to get out and start a life of his own. Thus, Robinson’s adventures were born. However, throughout the novel readers are presented with the sense that Robinson only craves to be a free and self-sufficient man on his island, with no societal pressures, laws, or other citizens to…show more content…
He has a spiritual revelation in which he describes, “it is God that has made it all. Well, but then it came on strangely; if God has made all these things, He guides and governs them all, and all things that concern them: for the Power that could make all things must certainly have power to guide and direct them” (Defoe, 94). This supports the claim that Crusoe is king as religion has been a tool used to to rule civilizations since the beginning of time. Crusoe’s kingdom is no different as he emulates Seventeenth Century European beliefs of Protestant’s Providence theory and Monarchy. Just as God has made, ruled, and provided for his kingdom, Crusoe adapts this philosophy for his own kingdom, making all things necessary to live, providing for himself and the eventual citizens to come, as well as inheriting complete rule over the entire island. As Defoe continues to write in a first-person narrative style, readers begin to see exactly how Crusoe thinks about and interprets the events that occur on the island. He has already established himself as the ruler of his kingdom on the island, however, he still expresses a longing for a companion since he has been alone on the island for years now. Whether this longing is due to a sincere loneliness or a desire for power over another individual is unclear until readers are introduced to Friday. Perhaps he longs for a friend, or perhaps he longs for a way to spread the ideals of his kingdom to other individuals. In

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