Title of Book: Robin Crusoe
Author of Book: Daniel Defoe
Number of Pages: 304
Thesis Idea: Crusoe’s achievement in understanding his situation, overcoming his problems, and controlling his environment shows the condition of mastery in a positive light, at least at the beginning of the story. Crusoe lands in an unwelcoming place and makes it his home. I. Setting: From 1659 to 1694· York, England; then London; then Sallee, North Africa; then Brazil; then a deserted island off Trinidad; then England; then Lisbon; then overland from Spain toward England; then England; and finally the island again II. Characters: Robinson Crusoe, Friday, The Portuguese captain, The Spaniard, Xury, and The widow. III. Plot: Robinson Crusoe is an Englishman from the town of York in the seventeenth century. Encouraged by his father to study law, Crusoe says he wish to go to sea instead. His family is against Crusoe going out to sea. Crusoe disobeys his father and goes out to sea. At first, Robinson is committed to obeying his father, but he eventually succumbs to temptation and goes on a ship bound for London with a friend. When a storm causes the near deaths of Crusoe and his friend, the friend is put off from sea travel, but Crusoe still goes on to set himself up as a merchant on a ship leaving London. This trip is money wise was successful, and Crusoe plans were another story, leaving his early profits in the care of a friendly widow. The second journey isn’t as lucky as the first one. The ship is seized by Moorish pirates, and Crusoe is enslaved to a ruler in the North African town of Sallee. While on a fishing journey, he and a slave boy break free and sail down the African coast. A kindly Portuguese captain picks them up, buys the slave boy from Crusoe, and takes Crusoe to Brazil. In Brazil, Crusoe finds himself as a plantation owner and he becomes successful. Eager for slave labor and its business benefits,...
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