ROBINSON CRUSOE, THE TEST OF TIME Essay

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Would you be able you survive in isolation for twenty-four years and still remain sane? Well that is exactly what Robinson Crusoe is forced to do in this novel. Daniel Defoe, born in 1660, and died in 1731, wrote Robinson Crusoe in 1719. “Robinson Crusoe did not revolutionize the book industry in London, but it is great commercial success.” (Hubbell, 254) This means that the book was very enjoyable but did not change the way most writers wrote their books during this time period. Defoe’s life when he was growing up inspired him to write this novel. The novel is based around the main character Robinson Crusoe, born in the city of York, in New England. He was born as a third son in his family. His parents overwhelming pressure to make young Crusoe into a lawyer forces Crusoe to run away. He runs away to become his one great desire, a sailor of the seas. A series of uncontrollable disasters fallows him through the rest of the novel eventually leaving him shipwrecked on a deserted island in the middle of the ocean. He is stuck on the island for twenty-four years until a English ship visit’s the coast. Crusoe soon realizes that the ship is full of mutineers and the captain and his crew are being held as prisoners against their will. Crusoe is eventually able to subdue the mutineers and rescue the captain and his crew from them. After sailing back to the shores of England Crusoe is finally saved. This book has been read by both children and adults for hundreds of years. This novel, Robinson Crusoe, written by Daniel Defoe, is a novel that is said to have withstood the test of time because of the survival experience, The Nature and Characteristics of the characters, and the religious conversion that occurred in the novel. This novel withstands the test of time because of the survival story. People from past to present enjoyed reading about this sinner of a boy who is

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