Rushing the Significant Parts

Like many moments in the book, the author decides to rush an important part of the main characters life. Towards the end of the book he speak very briefly about his wife and children. The literary frame work of the book takes a sort of autobiography type tone so it is interesting that this part of the main characters life is so briefly mentioned.
It does make sense in a way however. The beginning of the book, and at the title page, the novel is dubbed as a story of a man trapped on an island for 28 years who encounters many situations including shipwreck and pirates, many of the things one would assume would be in this type of an adventure story. But within the chapters and the context of the situations, many of the most significant parts of the book are described in brief and in contrast, the life style and daily on goings of the main character is the primary focus of the writing.
In this sense, I was a little bit disappointed with the work. There were entire portions of the novel that dragged on about the daily life and isolation of living on an island. Although eventually the main character finds happiness in his companion Friday, many of the most significant events aren’t described with as much detail as what was dedicated into his daily life.
That being said, this was a story of adventure and a piece written for those interested in the new world and life in the Caribbean, and may not have really induced an environment for detail about his family life after the fact. I supposed I have mixed feelings about the inclusion of the wife and family, because it was a sort of ending and explaining how he lived happily ever after. It may have more significance later on in the second and third books of Robinson Crusoe’s adventures. But as a sort of biographical piece on this man’s life, the family aspect of the story at the end, and somewhat in the beginning lacks serious detail that was given to other, less significant instances in the man’s life.


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