For my final project I have decided to write a classic thesis driven paper. My thesis is that Robinson Crusoe is written as a moral guide that provides an optimistic account of human nature, however its faults are shown when compared to fictional and non-fictional accounts from the same era.
The essay will begin focusing on similarities between Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver’s Travels, to establish that they can be compared fairly. Next, I will show how Crusoe’s tale is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit. This will then be compared to Gulliver’s travels, which provides a criticism of human morality and societal institutions. Finally, I will return to Robinson Crusoe to examine the topic of slavery in the novel. This will be compared to the accounts of Olaudah Equiano and Mary Prince, ultimately arguing that it is an inaccurate portrayal of the slave/master relationship.
I still have a good amount of research to do in the text to refine my thesis and supporting points, but any comments on it this far are sincerely appreciated.