Robinson Crusoe And Hardon Pym Analysis

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Literacy in contemporary societies of RC and TNAGP
The literary comparison between Robinson Crusoe and The Adventures of Arthur Gordon Pym is one that has been of interest for many years. The two stories weave narratives of ill-fated seafarers and their misadventures that befall them on both land and sea. The literary dialogues are both very similar, they feature a main protagonist who is driven out to sea by the need to seek adventure. They are both met with misfortune at every turn and in the process they must contend with questions of their own faith, morality, and existence. Robinson Crusoe, being the earlier book, bears a great influence on The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym(TNAGP). Many aspects of Daniel Defoe’s writing style permeate into TNAGP, for example, a portion of the book serves as a journal to catalog the activities of the main character’s everyday life is in both Robinson Crusoe and TNAGP. I find that the most intriguing part of the two stories is that they are overwhelmingly about the disasters and set backs of the two adventurers. Both Crusoe and Pym are met with trials and tribulations at every opportunity and the way the two cope is also of a similar manner.
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The literacy rate was equally as low in the mid 1800’s compared to the UK in the 1700’s and the US productivity was creeping up towards a very important event; the beginning of the industrial revolution. Just as Robinson Crusoe served to dissuade skilled laborers away from an occupation at sea, TNAGP serves to show the American people the horrors of a life at sea. Through this abhorrent narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym’s life at sea you can see why the book does a good job at keeping would-be sea-farers on solid ground. This all means that the US can keep its skilled labor force where it needs to be in order to be prepared for the next economic

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