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How Did Robinson Crusoe’s Religion Influence His Life?

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How did Robinson Crusoe’s religion influence his life?
Robinson Crusoe was first published in 1719, and the book is based on a real story to describe one’s suffering on an isolated island and his bravery to conquer this kind of terrible situation. What I ’m going to focus on in my thesis is the human beings’ return to our almighty God. Through the experiences the protagonist went through we can feel the love and mercy from God. Someone has described that “Crusoe serves as a vessel carrying the reader to a greater understanding of God and man's relation with God.”1 The essay by Duman Ye’s erjiang offered the point that Defoe’s views for religion were fully reflected in his character of Robinson in Robinson Crusoe,2 one who was not satisfied with his comfortable life and who was eager to take a risk to travel around the world. More accurately, Robinson Crusoe was one who was called Christian but actually had forgotten the true meaning of belief. This was a way of God to seek for his lost sheep back. The says in Proverbs “You may make your plans, but God directs your action.”3 When Robinson suffered a lot on the deserted island he began to reflect himself and he called God for mercy and help. He repented from his deepest heart. He admitted to God he was one with nothing kind and for so many years he’d never thought about God or tried to examine his own conscience, he had become numb and committed many crimes. In suffering he didn’t realize to respect and fear God, when he was saved he even didn’t offer his gratitude. Though he experienced various stuffs, he still couldn’t tell it was God’s orders. We should have the nature of God. “For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.”4 The author of compared human beings and God to the invention by God and the creator. He said we didn’t create ourselves, so there was no way we could tell what we were created for....

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