Robinson Crusoe Survival Essay

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The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, an 18th-century novel by Daniel Defoe, written in 1719, and set in the mid-17th-century, revolves around the protagonist Robinson Crusoe, an unassuming middle-class man from York, England, who’s heart desires the rush of sailing the great sea. Though the idea of sailing is opposed by his family, behind their back he travels with his friend to London from Humber in September 1651. While sailing, a storm forms, causing the ship to nearly founder. While the vessel is saved, Crusoe is shaken. However, even with the storm’s treat, he still goes on a merchant expedition, afterward, but ends up captured by pirates but is saved and sails onward to Brazil.
From a plantation owner to a merchant, Crusoe tries for years to do simple jobs, yet his heart demands that he sails, again. Once more he faces a storm, causing the ship to take on water. While everyone flees, Crusoe is separated and ends up shipwrecked on a desert island near Trinidad.
From this moment, the reader is introduced to a prominent theme in Defoe’s Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, survival.
“After I had solaced my mind with the comfortable part of my condition, I began to look round me, to see what kind of place I was in, and what was
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The novel reveals the struggles Crusoe faces each day just to repeat his quest for survival again and again in the days ahead. With the addition of the journal, the reader understands the depths of Crusoe quest for survival. Without this theme present and fully developed, Crusoe would be a monochrome character wandering an island and speaking lifeless dialog. Defoe’s emphasis on survival reveals many aspects of Robinson Crusoe, not just as a character in a book but as possibly any person who has had a chunk of their life taken away. With each passing day, Crusoe fights hunger, the weather, and, towards the end of the story,

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