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Crusoe

The journey of Robinson Crusoe can be considered the same journey that many of us have with food. The temptation, rejection, wanting, desire, and cost associated with different types of food is very similar to Crusoe’s journey through the sea.

Robinson Crusoe starts off as any normal young fellow does, questioning his father’s role in his life and his future. Being the man he is, he decides to go against his father’s wishes and brings along a friend to start on his wild and adventurous journey. Through all the trials and tribulations that occur in the beginning, he still does not wish to stay at home when his friend decides to be done and move forth with his life. His first trip to London as a merchant is financially successful, but he falls short on luck the second time when he is captured by pirates and is forced to work up in a northern african town. He eventually breaks free with another slave, sells him, and catches a ride to Brazil where he, again, becomes an established plantation owner. Just as his luck starts to turn he becomes shipwrecked on an island where he is the only human, or so he thinks. He starts off strong but soon starts hallucinating and becoming weak. 

This journey can be related to the journey many people enjoy when eating food. One start’s off life by following your parent’s guidelines, eating what is being served, occasionally questioning but never really disobeying. Then as one gets older they decide to branch off and try new foods that their parent’s hadn’t served them. Of course, the person get’s food poisoning along the way, but that doesn’t stop the temptation of decadent desserts and savory meals. Then, when they find a meal they really like, they start to learn how to make it, and their recipe is so delicious, that others want it and try to steal it. They try to hide their decadent recipe, but it falls short and becomes stolen and they have to start all over again.

The circle of life is also the relationship of the circle of food. Enjoyment and devastation repeat itself, and as a food lover, when the delicious food is gone, sadness approaches.

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2 thoughts on “Crusoe

  1. I would have to agree that both the adventure of food and the one that Cursoe are similar. Eventually we have to leave behind what we feel comfortable with. Leaving the nest, so they say. But we don’t completely let go of what our parents warned us of, sure we will try new things but hopefully they have instilled in us right and wrong, and maybe a little common sense. I think what we are willing to try is not only connected to our parents but connected to our heritage, what we will and won’t try. I know for me, growing up in an American-German home I wouldn’t go out and try some fried roaches or ants. Eating bugs is just a little too weird for me, but I am willing to bet there is someone who eats that stuff who will look at my pounded piece of pork and turn it down.

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  2. Your comparison of our journey with food to Crusoe’s journey through life is interesting, and I think it really goes back to choices and how, with everything we do, we become more independent as we get older and move away from our parents (far away, in Crusoe’s case). Sara’s comment that she would not go out and eat insects brought up another aspect of the novel that I think complicates this idea a little bit though. There is the possibility, that all of a sudden in the middle of our lives, we might face a significantly more limited set of choices as to what to eat. In this novel, for instance, Crusoe ends up stranded on an island. Over time, he is able to find and cultivate more and more foods that lend themselves to his preferences, but I wonder how his initial lack of food options relates back to the options available in the “journey of life.” Perhaps having few food choices, in any situation, is simply the food equivalent of being stuck on an island.

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