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Unformatted text preview: Wicked From Birth: Robinson Crusoe’s Struggle with Original Sin Daniel Defoe’s repetitive use of the word wicked , when describing Robinson Crusoe’s life, directly correlates to Crusoe’s consciousness of Original Sin, which creates physical and emotional suffering. Crusoe explains the relevance of original sin in his life by saying, “My Original Sin, my subsequent Mistakes of the same kind had been the Means of my coming into this miserable Condition” (164). By relating the word wicked to original sin, Defoe uses biblical references to correlate Crusoe’s suffering and life on the island as his punishment for his disobedience to his father, just as Adam and Eve disobeyed God. According to Oxford English Dictionary, during the 1700’s the term wicked would have been associated with a high degree of evil quality (OED). This implies that Crusoe’s wicked behaviors of rebellion and disloyalty to God and toward his father relates to evil doings and the Devil, who was the origin of original sin. Subsequently, the consequence of original sin plagues Crusoe’s life with misery.origin of original sin....
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course ENGLISH 305 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at UNL.
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