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Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver

Uploaded by Sharkman on Jun 04, 2002

In the books Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver’s Travels, the characters are portrayed as resemble characters, being capable of clear thought during tense and troubled times. Also they are both related with shipwreck, but they are able to go on. This quality posses within Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver is a result of the author's background and knowledge.

The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe written by Daniel Defoe tells the story of Robinson Crusoe, a young man who disobeys the advice of his father about the value of religion and instead searches for adventure, ultimately getting himself on a deserted island. The narrative gives a detailed account of Crusoe's efforts to survive that allows him to see the truth and search God. After being on the island for several years Crusoe learns to adapt to his surroundings and lives with what he has.

For example, “ I was cast on shore in this island, so that my wicked and solitary life began”. Shows that Crusoe is the only survivor of the shipwreck and he alone has to overcome the many obstacles that are in the island, just like Gulliver. These obstacles for Crusoe are cloth, food, and shelter. Crusoe manages to overcome all this obstacles by his deep desire to go on and not giving up because what keeps him alive was the desire to have control over his own life because he had lost the control of everything except that. So the desire to have control over his life gives him the sense to continue breathing.

In addition, “ Thus we never see the true state of our condition till it is illustrated to us by its contraries, nor know how to value what we enjoy but by the want of it.” Shows the great value that Crusoe finds in that island because for him the island is his home and he prefers to be in the island than to be lost in the wide ocean. He refers to the desolate, solitary island as the most pleasant place in the world for him.

Furthermore, “ Years later he discovers a footprint on the beach and he got scare that is not his.” Robinson Crusoe survives on his island and adapts very well to his surroundings that he becomes totally enraged with the thought of another human on the island because he thought there were cannibals. So he prepares his house for war, he is...

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Uploaded by:   Sharkman

Date:   06/04/2002

Category:   Literature

Length:   4 pages (874 words)

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