Faith, Religion and Conflict in Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe

The novel Robinson Crusoe was written in 1719 by Daniel Defoe in London. It can be separated into three parts that include Crusoe’s life before the shipwreck, the twenty-eight years that he was stranded on an island, and his experiences after being rescued from the island. The first section of the book is basically about how Crusoe didn’t take his father’s advice in not pursuing a life at sea. He goes out to sea anyway and at first has some successes, but by the third time, his luck had run out. Most of the book focuses on his time stranded on an island off the coast of Venezuela. Throughout his time on the island, Crusoe is able to start a life for himself and become stronger in faith. The last section of the book is about his escape from the island when he learns he isn’t the only one there. There are also cannibals living on the island. Luckily, he is able to find another native man named Friday, and rescues him from the cannibals. He teaches the man his skills and converts his religion. After much trial, they are able to leave the island and escape to En...
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