Tag Archive: Daniel Defoe

He’s a Man, Man: Hegemonic Masculinity in “Robinson Crusoe”

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Daniel Defoe’s bestseller, Robinson Crusoe, marked the beginning of stories obsessed with the “survival of the fittest.” However, going beyond the concept of survival, Robinson Crusoe became influential by defining its title character,… Continue reading

Crusoe’s Colonialism: The Subtext of Slave/Master Interactions

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  Given the publication date of Robinson Crusoe, it comes as no surprise that it is a largely racist work. Ethnic groups are frequently painted as barbaric savages by the narrator, for example.… Continue reading

Romanticizing Robinson Crusoe: The Role of Female Gender From Novel to Film

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Whenever a novel is adapted to film or television, it would seem that change on some level is inevitable. Characters are cut, new characters are added to fit the adaptation, seasons and sometimes… Continue reading

Alone On Humdrum Island

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          During an age where the most scandalous thing you could do to your family was to leave them and pursue your dreams of being a bonified seafarer, Daniel… Continue reading

From a Cave to a Castle

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In the aftermath of the shipwreck that left Robinson Crusoe stranded, one of his first endeavors was to secure a safe habitation. The development of this habitation and Crusoe’s attitude towards it provides… Continue reading

Robinson Crusoe: Based on a True Story*

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Published nearly 300 years ago, Robinson Crusoe is regarded as one of the earliest novels written in the English language. The text’s widespread success throughout Europe immediately catapulted Daniel Defoe to literary fame… Continue reading

Holding Onto Providence

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It is common for man to find God in times of struggle. Throughout literature we see instances where the protagonist comes upon a challenge in his life, and then finds a way to… Continue reading

The Importance of Human Interaction in Robinson Crusoe

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If you were stranded on a deserted island, and were only allowed to bring one thing, what would it be? For most, the answer would be cliché, albeit necessary – food, water, shelter,… Continue reading

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