In Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe not only depicts the st...Read more Robinson Crusoe and 20,000 leagues under the sea are two different adventure stories but both of the characters are driven by the same sense of adventure. Read more This paper is an attempt to examine the seeming opposition of religion vs.In April of 1719 Robinson Crusoe was published; with the success of that ...
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe Apolitical activist, journalist, merchant, and religious rebel, Daniel Defoe was in a unique position to write about his times. Read more The English novelist, journalist, poet, and government agent Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) wrote more than 500 books, pamphlets, articles, and poems.
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Furthermore, the vividly described shipwreck scene itself evokes baptismal imagery and associations; as Foster claims about water in literature, submersion and emergence generally points to baptism-not necessarily the literal Christian sacrament, but rather the experience of rebirth to which it points.
Crusoe himself speaks more than once of his emergence from the sea onto the island as his "Deliverance," a word with religious and baptismal overtones.
How does this symbolism connect with larger thematic concerns of the novel?
The symbolic value of water in the section about the shipwreck should not be overlooked. Foster points out, in literature, "weather is never just weather." The sea storms may be taken (whether Defoe intended them as such or not) as symbols of the "storms" within Crusoe, as he knows he is undertaking a voyage he does not need to undertake.
And although the narrator insists throughout the text that his decision to do so was a mistake-note, for instance, the many occasions on which Crusoe bewails the "evil influence which carryed me first away from my Father's House"-readers may justly wonder how seriously this judgment should be received.
After all, were it not for that "evil influence," neither Crusoe nor, of course, his creator Defoe would have a tale to tell!
self-interest with respect to the character of Robinson Crusoe.
I will venture to demonstrate that in the novel, Defoe illu...