Robinson Crusoe Analysis Essay

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Robinson Crusoe By: John Defoe Gavin Bucheger 10-11-17 Genre – Adventure, Historical fiction Main Characters- Robinson Crusoe- The man who got shipwrecked on the island. Friday- A savage that was about to be eaten by the other cannibals but Robinson saved him and made him his servant. Xury- When was captured in Portugal he was a slave and Xury was too. (Mentioned a lot in the book) The Portuguese Captain- His ship was taken over by mutineers and was put on the island as a prisoner. Robinson, Friday, and the Spaniard, and in return the captain took Robinson off of the island. The Spaniard- Was also captured by savages and was saved by Robinson and Friday. Plot summary: Robinson Crusoe is an Englishman from the town of York in the seventeenth century, the youngest son of a merchant of German origin. Encouraged by…show more content…
Usually, he favors a more factual narrative style focused on actions and events. Irony: One of the most major parts of irony in Robinson Crusoe is that he keeps saying that God says killing is wrong. Then he sees the savages about to eat someone minding their own business when BAM! Robinson starts killing the savages. Imagery: As a mariner and traveler, the sea plays a pretty big part in Crusoe’s life. Whenever a storm hits the ocean, Crusoe is immediately penitent and begs God for help. When the skies are clear and the waves are calm, Crusoe seems to forget all about that religious stuff. The cannibals on the island offer Crusoe an opportunity to reflect on the differences between cultures. Should he intervene in their affairs or not? Should he judge their actions, or leave that up to God? Symbolism: Crusoe is no longer focused solely on survival, which by this point in the novel is more or less secure. Now, for the first time since his arrival, he thinks in terms of “pleasantness.” Thus, the bower symbolizes a radical improvement in Crusoe’s attitude toward his time on the
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