Footprint In Robinson Crusoe Essay

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The Relation of the Footprint to Robinson Crusoe’s Life on the Island From the beginning of the novel, Robinson Crusoe, it is portrayed that the character, Crusoe, is somewhat of a rebellious human being. In the first few pages of the book, it is understood that Crusoe cares more about himself than anyone else. Crusoe has a very strong passion to be on voyage at sea and disobeys his parents request for him to become a lawyer. When his first opportunity to be at sea is introduced to him by a friend, he doesn’t even hesitate and sets sail with his friend’s father who owns a ship. Although that journey ends in disaster, Crusoe never loses his passion of being a voyager at sea. He then is presented with another chance to be on a profitable voyage, which eventually turns out to make Crusoe an extremely greedy human being. Being punished for his greediness, Crusoe is eventually captured and made a slave, which he later escapes from and makes his way to Brazil. While in Brazil, Crusoe fulfills his greedy desires and becomes a very prosperous man. Even after owning his own plantation in Brazil, Crusoe finds himself still unsatisfied. The first chance he gets, Crusoe becomes involved with slave trading from Guinea to make more money. After two failed voyages, Crusoe still does not learn his lesson and is once again punished for being more worried about money than anything. Crusoe becomes the only survivor when the ship wrecks and he is placed on a deserted island to live with no human society whatsoever. After being on the island for fifteen years, with no other human contact, Crusoe finds a footprint in the sand. His reactions to discovering this footprint change his life around, but can be portrayed in many different ways. This paper will prove how Crusoe’s longing for companionship on the island is contradicted in the way that he reacts to finding a footprint in the

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