Poor Robinson…

After completing Robinson Crusoe, I could not help but feel very sorry for him. His life turned out so different than what he had dreamed it would be.

Crusoe’s life has been riddled with hardships and loneliness. He was a young man with an adventurous spirit who decided to take risks rather than follow his father’s advice. However, his craving for adventure soon becomes a craving for civilization after the events leading up to his unfortunate marooning on the island. Once Crusoe is finally rescued and returned to the life he was forced away from, his situation turns grim again. He must over come great obstacles while in Spain, and surely he found himself doubting his rescuers, and craving the solitude of his home on the island. However, he makes it through alive and reclaims his fortune easily enough. But it is easy to tell Crusoe is not as happy with his life since rescue, at least not as happy as he had imagined when he was isolated. His descriptions become noticeably less verbose; he never even mentions his wife’s name. I think that since leaving the island, Crusoe has become more isolated that ever. It is a different kind of isolation however, since people and civilization surround him. He is isolated by his disconnect from society for so long, and he has become used to fighting for survival and being the center of his own universe. I believe, perhaps, the isolation Crusoe feels upon returning to civilization may be just as bad, if not worse than the isolation he felt on the island. To be alone in ones head and unable to connect with other people after spending so much time wishing to be back with people must be a disappointment of inconceivable proportions. 


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