The Journey of Robinson Crusoe

1213 WordsJul 14, 20185 Pages
Robinson Crusoe, famous adventure novel, portrays the eventful life of main protagonist Robinson Crusoe. Author, Daniel Defoe depicts his diverse set of characters with purpose in Robinson Crusoe. Crusoe narrates his journey, and how he established himself with wealth. Crusoe, the youngest son of a merchant, knew he must acquire his own wealth in order to full-fill his Englishman desires. His father encourages him to study law, but Crusoe wishes to go out to the sea. His father is against Crusoe’s wishes, and explains how it is better to seek modesty in life. Some critics argue that the tale of Crusoe is a religious journey. Daniel Defoe writes in the preface that, “this story is told with modesty, with seriousness, and with a religious…show more content…
In other words examining the characters by skin color is improper in order to fully understand Crusoe’s decisions. An Englishmen is much more than just having fair skin, and through the novel this becomes clear. The time Crusoe spent with the Brazilian farmer taught him how to cultivate and farm a land. This work was hard labor and Crusoe takes note of this claiming that his living conditions are worse than they were in Britain. He works for a time by himself cultivating the land, but only when the Portuguese Captain brings him a gift of “a servant under bond for six years of service” (Crusoe 29), along with some of his possessions from England, does Crusoe’s success turn around. Crusoe immediately sells the English possessions in order to buy “a negro slave” (Defoe 29). Crusoe also buys a rare European servant in which it seems that Crusoe gives more attention and respect to the European servant for giving them that title (Defoe 29). After Crusoe has spent some time on the island he takes note of cannibals coming to the island to feed. His fears give way in his dreams. Crusoe dreams of saving a “Fellow” (144), and plans to use him to maximize his profits. In his dream Crusoe says, “I said to my self, now I may certainly venture to the main land; for this fellow will serve me as his pilot…”(Defoe 144). In his unconscious, Crusoe, wishes for help,
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