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Kobayashi 1 Yohsuke Kobayashi Ms. Lamoreux Honors British Lit. P.1 18 Oct. 2013 Summary: I Go to Sea: Robinson Crusoe shares his background information to the audience and talks in first person. He talks about his father the most and shares an immense amount of details about him. Although he greatly respects his father, Robinson has his own ambitions. “My father, a wise and grave man, gave me serious and excellent counsel against what he foresaw in my design”(3). Crusoe wants to go to sea and explore the world but his father wants him to become a lawyer. His father becomes very emotional and convinces Crusoe to stay in England but his persuasion is short- lived. He boards a ship on September 1651 to London. There was a huge storm that almost wrecked the ship and his father’s warning about going off to sea echoed in his mind all the while. Even though Crusoe’s friend’s father also warns him to stop his voyage, I expect him to live his dream and go out to sea. Some questions I had: Why is Robinson so inclined to go to sea and explore the World? I Am Captured By Pirates: Crusoe leaves his friends and goes on another voyage to make money. He sells toys abroad and makes 300 pounds. He is excited and considers his voyage to be successful. His voyager friend dies soon after his arrival but he embarks on a vessel with one of his mates. Robinson leaves 200 pounds to a widow and he goes on an ill fated voyage. They run into pirates and are captured and taken into Sallee. He was held captive as a slave and had to catch fish for his master. We learn in
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Kobayashi 2 this chapter that Crusoe sort of regrets not listening to his father. Some questions I had: Does Robinson truly regret his decision on going on the voyage or is he just saying that because he wants the audience to have sympathy for him? I Escape for the Salle Rover: Robinson, Xury, and Ismael all go fishing out in the sea. Robinson pushes Ismael off the boat and threatens to shoot him if he refuses to go back to the shore. Robinson and Xury escape into an island where they find food and rest with the gentle natives. “I was very loath to sell the poor boy’s liberty who had assisted me so faithfully in procuring my own”(36). With that said, he still sells the helpless boy and treats him unfairly. A Portuguese ship stops by the island and agree to take them to Brazil, while Crusoe sells Xury to the Captain. This scene is controversial because Crusoe had no right to sell him and he regarded Xury as a companion beforehand. This shows selfishness and ignorance by Crusoe. I Become a Brazillian Planter: He lands in Brazil and becomes a tobacco farmer. The captain sends Crusoe 100 pounds and his business starts to flourish. At this point, Crusoe wants to expand his farm by hiring slaves and misses Xury only because he could be useful in terms of labor. “Having now lived almost four years in Brazil and beginning to thrive and prosper very well upon my plantation, I had not only
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