We can observe that Defoe portray in Robison Crusoe diverse elements of the individualism.
Firstly, Robison Crusoe is an illustration of homo economicus, that is, economic man that symbolizes the new outlook of individualism in its economic aspect.
Robinson Crusoe is very much a product of his age, the individualistic-minded eighteenth century.
Daniel Defoe presents Robison Crusoe as a merchant of the eighteenth century who was going to his Brazilian plantations, when his ship was wrecked and he was the only survivor in an island that he called the island of Despair. For fifteen years he struggles alone to build a comfortable house, to grow crops and raise goats, to make clothes and tools, and, most difficult of all, to fight off loneliness and despair.
These thesis statements offer a short summary of Robinson Crusoe in terms of different elements that could be important in an essay.
You are, of course, free to add your own analysis and understanding of the plot or themes to them for your essay.He experiences a complex range of emotions that begin when he lands (a sense of relief), and continue to develop across the course of his colonization of the island that he comes to call his own.Despite the trajectory of emotion that he experiences, Crusoe never matures psychologically.When he has completed this introductory preface, Crusoe presents the reader with his journal, the entries of which constitute the novel’s content.Although, or perhaps because, Crusoe is so alone, he imbues his journal with deep meaning and significance.I began to keep my journal, of which I shall here give you the copy…." (56)“Even, when I was afterwards, on due consideration, made sensible of my condition, how I was cast on this dreadful place, out of the reach of human kind, out of all hope of relief, or prospect of redemption, as soon as I saw but a prospect of living, and that I should not starve and perish for hunger, all the sense of my affliction wore off, and I begun to be very easy…." (72)“I cannot explain, by any possible energy of words, what a strange longing or hankering of desires I felt in my sould….O that there had been but one or two; nay, or but one soul sav’d out of this ship, to have escap’d to me, and to have convers’d with! The frame narrative that Robinson Crusoe establishes before he presents his diary sets up the adventure and explains why Crusoe felt compelled to make a life on the high seas, where he had no experience.After Crusoe is finally rescued, he sets off on another adventure, heading to Brazil, where his behavior remains as problematic as it was on the island.All of the important quotes from Robinson Crusoe listed here correspond, at least in some way, to the paper topics above and by themselves can give you great ideas for an essay by offering quotes and explanations about other themes, symbols, imagery, and motifs than those already mentioned and explained.Aside from the thesis statements above, these quotes alone can act as essay questions or study questions as they are all relevant to the text in an important way. Look at the bottom of the page to identify which edition of the text by Daniel Dafoe they are referring to.[My father] bid me observe it, and I should always find, that the calamities of life were shared among the upper and lower part of mankind; but that the middle station had the fewest disasters, and was not expos’d to so many vicissitudes as the higher or lower part of mankind, nay they were not subjected to so many distempers and uneasinesses either of body or mind, as those were who, by vicious living, luxury, and extravagancies on the one hand, or by hard labour, want of necessaries, and mean of insufficient diet on the other hand, bring distempers upon themselves by the natural consequences of their way of living…." (6)“All this while the storm encreas’d, and the sea, which I had never been upon before, went very high, tho’ nothing like what I have seen many times since.…