Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe

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In order to gain someone’s true feeling regarding a certain situation, one looks at many factors about them. The most key is the person’s attitude. They may show a strong positive attitude or flipped around, they may show a strong negative feeling for whatever the matter is. In Daniel Defoe’s fictional novel, Robin Crusoe, the protagonist, Robin Crusoe, manages to show his attitudes concerning the non-Europeans, more specifically his servant, Friday, the Portuguese captain, and nature in general.

This novel began with Crusoe telling us how much of a desire he had for sailing and how he gave into going sailing with his companion to London. His yearn for sailing also suggests how much he wanted to get away from England. It is obvious to see his feelings for England were not very strong nor was his family relationship. The lack of names in his family showed us he did not want us to become familiar with them and therefore showed he did not have a strong relationship with them. This first journey made way for more to come, one including Crusoe becoming a slave and another involving a Portuguese captain who willingly took him to Brazil.

Although he is unnamed, like his family, he gave the reader more description and sounded more interested in him than his English family. His attitude toward the Captain is a very strong relationship because when Crusoe finally gets off the island, he goes back to the captain as old companions.

This then led to another expedition to Guinea where after two devastating storms, Crusoe became shipwrecked alone on an island near South Africa. Years passed and one key point was his isolation to people and society in general. Again years passed but finally Crusoe spotted a foot print in the sand. Crusoe wa...

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...inal situation arose when he returned to England and was not satisfied. Constantly he thought about his island. He revisited and saw that his “colony” was civilized and prospering.

Overall in his attitudes to both the non-Europeans and nature, Crusoe had significant adjustments. He was in complete fear of Friday and the other cannibals just as he was with the island, but as he changed and saw different views of both, Crusoe developed not only a lifelong friendship but a colony of his own that soon grew. His new way of thinking and acceptance helped him succeed with Friday and his survival on the island. Both attitudes were negative but soon adjusted to positive thoughts in order for him to survive. His attitudes in the beginning were assumptions but as time passed, he realized what everything was about and therefore made two glasses half full rather than half empty.

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