Western Civ Essay 2

Western Civ Essay 2 - Western Civ Essay 2 Ian Amundson...

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Western Civ Essay 2 Ian Amundson February 6 th 2008 Throughout the 18 th and 19 th centuries, the cultural ideals of Europe dramatically shifted from the empirical thought of the Enlightenment era to the more natural feelings of Romanticism. With society’s perspectives in a volatile state, the literature of the time also changed in a similar fashion. A major theme of the literature of the time was the dynamics of the relationship between the individual and the family. The authors of the time all had individual outlooks on the issue of familial relationships and explored them in their works. In Shelley’s Frankenstein , Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and in the writings of Rousseau, all the authors offer their own perspective on the relationship of the individual to the family. In Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe , the element of family relationships plays a significant role in developing and defining the main character and protagonist of the story: Robinson Crusoe. Defoe’s motif of the union between the individual and the family plays multiple and important roles in the English novel. Not only does the notion of family relations determine Crusoe’s original sediments and actions in England, but it also develops his ideals on the island. Daniel Defoe’s theme of family relationships begins with Crusoe’s opening words of the novel in which he explicitly outlines his apathetic perspective towards his family and other social relationships in general. He introduces his parents and family in a very objective tone characterized by not mentioning their names, achievements or qualities, but including the humdrum details of their nationality and professions, which expresses Robinson Crusoe’s indifference and lack of affection towards his family. Defoe contributes to the tension of family relationships by describing an event where his father attempts to give his son advice to stay home “where (he) might be well introduced, and had a prospect of raising (his) fortune by application and industry, with a life of ease and pleasure”(Defoe 2). His father wants Robinson to stay with his family at home and live within the safe and sound boundaries of the middle class because he feels that leaving his family and household will amount to distress and possible disaster. His
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father tells Crusoe that “If I did take this foolish step, God would not bless me, and I would have leisure hereafter to reflect upon having neglected his counsel when there might be none to assist in my recovery”(Defoe 3). However, with no sense of sincere affection towards his family, Robinson disregards his parent’s guidance and pleas and abandons them forever. As Crusoe sets sail and finds himself in the midst of a storm he can’t help but be
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