Robinson Crusoe

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Robinson Crusoe’s clothing was rather distinctive and unusual considering the fact that he was stranded on a desert island. One would assume that someone in such situation would be wearing torn and ripped clothes - if barely any clothes at all. It is clear, however, that it is important for Robinson Crusoe to be looking good even though he is stuck on an island and therefore has decided to create an outfit himself. He gives the impression that he wants to look like a person in charge, a ruler, someone of an upper status and given the situation that he is in the way that he looks might be the only possible way of doing so. The outfit is rather typical of the era that is known as colonial England; the way that they looked had a lot to say about social status and it was important for the upper class to be able to distinguish themselves from…show more content…
As such he mentions himself multiple times that if anyone from England had seen him in the state that he was in, they would likely either have been frightened or laughed at him. “But had any one in England been to meet such a man as I was, it must either have frighted them, or rais’d a great deal of Laughter; and as I frequently stood still to look at my self, I could not but smile at the Notion of my travelling through Yorkshire with such an Equipage”. (pp. 126). He also mentions the obvious fact that nobody is around to observe him so him dressing out in a cheap wannabe kind of version of the upper-class outfit would not result in any consequences as nobody but himself would know about it.
Social class and society is a general theme throughout the entire book. Robinson Crusoe’s family are considered middle class as his father describes them as in the opening of the novel.
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