A Review of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe’s most famous novel — Robinson Crusoe — makes for delightful reading, even after two centuries of its publication in 1719. The author was a whig supporter, a champion of freedom, free speech and a firm believer in reason and Christianity. The story The novel — with two rather unknown sequels — is about the life of a young English boy who rebels against his parents, boards a ship to make a fortune for himself, is ship-wrecked on a remote island, and comes to repent of his actions, becoming a firm believer in God and Christ. Living alone, hunting, food gathering and cultivating his own crops, he battles natural and human enemies to survive. Clashing with savage man-eaters, he saves one of the victims and employs him in his service. Finally, in the company of several such ‘conquered’ subjects, he declares himself the ‘king’ of the island to ensure his full control over it. The final action sees Crusoe traveling through France and fighting with wolves. He comes...
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