Essay on The Robinson Crusoe And The Black Atlantic

1387 Words Oct 24th, 2016 6 Pages
Society has grown up hearing of the tale of Robinson Crusoe. Whether it be from the movies depicting a grand adventure of getting stranded on an island to the consistent references pop culture makes of it, Robin Crusoe has withstood the test of time. With the test of time, came the search into the mind of Crusoe and topic of slavery. The juxtaposition between Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic allows for a way to analyze Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and most importantly, create a conversation to analyze the viewpoint of Robinson Crusoe on the island along with his interactions with other cultures. This analysis allows for a deeper understanding of the reasoning behind his actions along with a look into the possible viewpoints of other Europeans.
One of the key points that Gilroy makes in The Black Atlantic states that by having the point of view from a slave there becomes an, “acute consciousness of both life and freedom which is nurtured by the slave’s ‘mortal’ terror of his sovereign master’” (Gilroy 55). In Robinson Crusoe, a prevalent example would be the relationship between Crusoe himself and the indigenous cannibal Friday. Though we do not see exactly from the point of view, the book paints a picture of what Crusoe thinks and what Friday could be thinking of. Conversely, though Paul Gilroy’s creates an emphasis on African slaves, he states that a, “consciousness of the European settlers and those of the Africans they enslaves, the “Indians” they slaughtered, and the…

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