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Transcript of Robinson Crusoe
Had 3 shelters, heavily fortified and furnished
Had a hammock, tent, shelves, table, barrels of gunpowder, changes of clothes, a Bible, a raft and two other boats, a rifle and a couple pistols, handcrafted pots and vases, and tools,
Had a herd of goats of which he used to make milk and butter, grew and dried his own grapes, and grew and harvested his own corn and rice
A Remote Island
Defending Against the Savages
Being isolated for so long, Crusoe is fearful of human contact, especially of "savages" who are indigenous cannibals
The savages come to his island to "feast" but are unaware of his presence there
Feeling a moral obligation to save those being feasted upon, Crusoe decides to act
"I was removed from all the wickedness of the world here. I had neither the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye or the pride of life. I had nothing to covet; for I had all that I was now capable of enjoying" (115).
[It is not] possible for me to express the horror of my mind at seeing the shore spread with...bones of human bodies; and particularly...where there had been a fire made...where it is supposed the savage wretches had sat down to their inhuman feastings (148).
Time Period: mid 1600s
Washed up upon the island off the coast of South America; was the sole survivor
"I had great reason to consider [my dismal condition] as a determination of Heaven that in this desolate place and in this desolate manner I should end my life" (Defoe 54).
Critics and Audience
Should Robinson Crusoe be considered a racist text or could the time period the book was written in make it appear as though there is a racist undertone?
What does Defoe's commentary on slavery suggest about the role of slavery in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as well as his own beliefs on slavery?
Repentance is referenced numerous times in the text, what are Defoe's views on religion and specifically repentance?
"Breathtaking and suspenseful at every turn of the page. A Sure thriller." 9.5/10 - Liam Craig
"A tale of trial, tribulation and boredom." - Alex Curreri
"Heartbreaking, gut wrenching, and full of hope, Robinson Crusoe is sure to inspire." - Sravan Reddy
Struggle with Religion
-Was being the sole survivor from the shipwreck a blessing or a punishment?
-He developed religiously over time, and became more enthralled in the realm of God.
-"[The island] was just a punishment for my sin...a punishment for the general course of my wicked life" (78).
-"I gave humble and hearty thanks that God...that it was possible I might be more happy in this solitary condition than I should been in a liberty of society" (100).
Humans have the ability to inspire change both in themselves and in others.
- Crusoe promotes a religious change in himself through his devotion on the island.
- He then teaches Friday Christianity through the Bible, cleansing Friday of his savage nature.
Humans have a propensity to exhaust every avenue for survival.
- The savages cannibalized other humans in order to survive as a food supply
- Without any form of verbal communication, the Africans and Xury and Crusoe work to promote each others survival by dividing and conquering the beast.
By: Daniel Defoe
By Daniel Defoe
Racism / Power / Slavery
Robinson enslaved by the Moors, but escapes with Xury.
Keeps Xury as a slave, then sells him.
Brazilian plantation where Robinson used slave labor to establish himself.
Voyage to Guinea for slaves in which his ship sank leaving him stranded on the island.
Keeps Friday as a servant
after liberating him from
cannibals and savages.
Robinson and Friday saving the Spaniard
Wolves attacking Robinson in France
Surrounded by hundreds of wolves, Robinson and his band barely survive as wave upon wave of ravenous wolves crash upon his ill equipped group
"Seeing above three hundred devils come roaring and open-mouthed to devour us, and having nothing to shelter us...I gave myself over for lost" (272).
I sincerely gave thanks to God for opening my eyes to see the former condition of my life and to mourn over my wickedness and to repent" (230).
Imagine yourself stranded on a desolate island with adequate supplies for a year, but no word on when rescue will arrive, would you survive?
Why does Robinson Crusoe keep returning to the ocean despite his misfortunes on the high seas?
"Defoe's best, Robinson Crusoe will take you on a journey. It will keep you hanging onto your book as well as your chair. Enjoy the ride." - Connor Yako
"Crusoe should serve as an educational model to all, simply awe shocking and jaw dropping. A tale appropriate for those of age 13 and up." - Alex Lemaire
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An overall 8.7 according to IMDb
Rated PG-13 for several graphic/violent scenes