Robinson Crusoe as Parable

I am going to write a paper arguing that Robinson Crusoe is a parable meant to illustrate how we can redeem ourselves from man’s first disobedience, e.g. eating from the tree of knowledge, and finally return to Eden.  By eating from the tree of knowledge, man gains consciousness and freewill from God and is expelled from the Garden of Eden.  Our return to Eden involves tapping into god-consciousness and surrendering our will to the will of God, which is precisely Robinson’s goal.  At this point, I’ll do close reading to show the steps Robinson takes.  Surrendering our will to God’s makes up the contents of this parable, and the lesson is: don’t disobey your father in the first place.  I will discuss the implications of this lesson, e.g. that the father is seen in 18th century England an extension of God and that England’s stability depends on the stability of families.   One idea I haven’t quite parsed out is that Robinson’s disobedience toward his father may actually be analogical to man’s first disobedience toward God. 


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