I believe Mrs McMillen stated that this was one of the first novels and as a result it must have obviously been extremely influential to writers henceforth. One thing that hasn’t been discussed too much in class is certain aspects of this novel and its relation to all subsequent novels thereafter. I think one aspect of this novel that was more odd when compared to most novels written was the length of time that passed in the story. When Crusoe came back to England a whole 35 years have passed since then. This is an extremely long amount of time and almost two long in my mind. I think there is a reason that this length of time is not more common in novels due to the fact that it becomes just too long to really describe anything in great detail. I see novels now more focus on an intense two or three year period typically. One thing Defoe can certainly be credited with being one of the forefront novelists who crafted their stories in likeness to there presumed readership. In many ways, Defoe creates Crusoe in likeness to his English readership. Ideas such as a lust for adventure, an presumed inherent superiority to other individuals, class struggles, colonization, slavery, religious conversion, wars, and even the role of god in every day life and the struggles to maintain faith. Of course a happy ending is also something most all novels tend to end in. While this type of ending was expected, it just seemed to come about so quickly. The self reflective nature of the novel is something that I found to be one of the reasons I liked the novel and wish that type of writing was used more often. Whether you liked or disliked the novel, it is impossible to ignore the impact it had in literature.