Existentialism Essay

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Ryan Perry Mr. Kemp English 10 Period 2 April 11, 2010 Raw Entities of Robinson Crusoe A human being is born into this vast world, and then they die. Those are two solid facts of life. What a person does in between those two events is entirely up to them. What a person chooses to do in their life depends on the actions they take and the personal choices they make. “One always dies too soon - or too late. And yet one's whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are - your life, and nothing else” (Sartre). People often make excuses why they fail, but the only factors affecting their success and failure is themselves. In Daniel Defoe’s novel, Robinson Crusoe, Crusoe is challenged to survive on his own on a remote island. Crusoe is pushed to the limit when he needs to live without society or laws to help him. He is only given nature and religion to help him. Robinson Crusoe is pressured by his father to become a merchant and become a wealthy businessman. He had other thoughts to go to sea and explore the world for land to cultivate. His father begged him to stay, and with this request he, “resolved not to think of going abroad anymore, but to settle at home according to my fathers desire” (Defoe 3). He was old enough to choose for himself, but he did not do so. His father wanted him to follow the path that would lead him to wealth and riches, rather than happiness. His father knew that sailors were not well liked, and that they were know as slum. He was persuaded by others to not follow his dream. Defoe has a revaluation, and decides that he must follow his true passion, and go to sea. Sartre once said that, “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.” Robinson is forced to leave his coddled family and battle the new and unexplored

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