Daniel Defoe: The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

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In this essay I shall be comparing all the aspects of the theme lost in the two non-fiction accounts Alive and Robinson Crusoe. My interpritation of lost is when you have no idea of your surroundings, this being geographically lost, also when you lose "your mind" having a block in your brain. I have chosen two extracts to pick out these themes and look at the way both authors include different linguistic features and structural features to help with the theme of lost. The two extracts I have chosen are in the heart of both texts, in the Robinson Crusoe text my extract is from when he first arrives as a stranded man on this unseen island, I have chosen this extract as it presents many features of him being lost, being geographically lost on this island, which is in the middle of nowhere, also losing his home life as he has to compencate with trees to being his new bed as he is yet to come to reality of where he is and what has happened, and in Alive my extract is right in the middle of text in which the passengers are thinking of trying to find civilization by hiking to find somewhere, I use this extract as I believe this is were the boys are at there most vulnerable time, with small amounts of food, and in freezing conditions with less warmth, and this controls the theme of lost, by them becoming more lost in many ways, georgraphically like in Robinson Crusoe, but alot more mentally lost aswell due to their situation, in the conditions and death of there friends.
Firstly I will be concentrating on the boys loss of home life and ways in which they have to deal with their new surroundings of where they are, and to create a new sort of home life. This is key for their survival on the mountains, due to the horrible surroundings of deathining temperatures they are more than likely to die , meaning they need to get warm beds to stay alive. "As soon as they could see what they were doing, they considered how to get out of their tomb" the use of the word "tomb" is a

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