Robinson Crusoe | Book Analysis

Robinson Crusoe was written during the Enlightenment by the British writer and political journalist Daniel Defoe (1660-1731). Defoe’s lyrics were cleverly written and well-debated and were significant for the English press development. 

The book describes a young man, who lives in England with his parents, but dreams about adventure and exploring the world. His father wants him to stay and work, live a normal life without any dangerous risks. The father tries in vain to convince his son to give up his thoughts of leaving from their home. He predicted the young Robinson, a life of unhappiness and loneliness if he had not mastered his spirit of adventure and stayed in England. Against his father’s will, Robinson decides to run away from home and explore the world. On one of his boat trips, the boat sinks and the whole crew drowns except Robinson who survives and gets washed ashore on an uncharted island. This island will be his home for the next twenty eight years where he later also be joined by a “savage” as he gives the name Friday.

Robinson is a product of what I think people saw as kind of an ideal human being during the Enlightenment. This period lasted for mid-and late 1700s in Europe. Enlightenment is characterized ...

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