Analysis Of Robinson Crusoe By Daniel Defoe

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Robinson Crusoe, written by Daniel Defoe, is a historical fiction novel that takes place in the 1600’s. Although written by Defoe, the story is told completely in the first person by the main character Robinson. It allows the reader to experience the full story from his perspective and know what is going through his mind during main events. The story occurs in a variety of places, including England, the Brazils, and a deserted island in the Atlantic Ocean. However, a majority of the book takes place on the deserted island that Robinson gets stranded on after a shipwreck. Throughout Robinson’s struggles, he comes to really find himself and many of his discoveries become the themes of the book. During his long tenure on the island, he studies a lot of religion and doctrine related things through his Bible. He grows a closer relationship with God, and strives to repent daily. Overall, Robinson was marooned for a total of 27 years, and had to learn to not give up throughout the journey. He realizes that perseverance is the best way to handle his circumstances, and generally maintains a positive mentality. The plot begins as Robinson is a young man living in England with his parents, seeking a career. He expresses his desire to explore and journey the water as a ship crew member, and…show more content…
Due to the series of unfortunate events that he experiences, the author Daniel Defoe uses a more melancholy, gloomy tone throughout the majority of the story. There were many times in which Robinson had a more negative, pessimistic outlook on the situation during his near 30 year stay on a small island, which is understandable from the reader’s standpoint. These circumstances caused the tone to be more somber as demonstrated by the passage, “Very ill. Frightened almost to death with my sad condition- to be sick and no help. Prayed to God, all my thoughts confused,” (Defoe
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