Dealing With the Consequences of Life in Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe

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In Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Robinson faces the biggest and longest challenge of his life. As Robinson attempts to find his role in life, he travels around the world to experience what he might deem worthy to live for. He takes comfort in material things such as wealth and possessions, which is what gets him in trouble over time. Robinson was told to take the middle path in life, but choosing the high path instead, Robinson was separate from everything considered materialistic in his social life. Robinson Crusoe has to face the consequences of his self-created ordeal and handle any challenges that face him.

In the theme of man versus self, Robinson is constantly being faced with religious doubt and the difficulty of making essential life decisions based on how to live his new life. His trials begin when a storm destroys the ship he is sailing on and forces him to become a castaway on the seemingly deserted island. Resorting to his natural mindset, the first thing Robinson does when he gains consciousness is to find the ship and take as much as he can from the storage to s...

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