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robinson-crusoe-daniel-defoeAn English merchant turned writer and journalist, Defoe is well known for popularizing the form of the novel in England. At age 60 he wrote Robinson Crusoe to an overwhelmingly positive response, spurring creation of a sequel. He was also prolific on economics and politics.DANIEL DEFOE1660–1731AuthorRobinson Crusoe could have a comfortable life in England, but instead he seeks fortune and adventure on the high seas—and finds both. In the course of his unusual life, he becomes an enslaved person, a wealthy plantation owner, a resourceful castaway, and a respectable gentleman.Survival Is the Greatest AdventureOVERVIEWRobinson Crusoes journey from England halts when he is captured by pirates.Enslaved by a Moorish captain, Crusoe befriends his fellow slave, Xury.After two years in slavery, Crusoe escapes with Xury.Crusoe is rescued and returns to England; his plantations fortunes have flourished in his absence.Crusoe is marooned on an island for 28 years; he grows food and encounters native people.In Brazil, Crusoe sells Xury to a Portuguese captain and buys a plantation.Main CharactersGunRepresents Crusoes power over the islandToolsSymbolize Crusoes ability to shape his world on the islandBoatsRepresent progress to better places and escape from peril Calendar PostConnects Crusoe with civilizationRobinson CrusoeAdventurer; shipwrecks on an island but eventually returns to civilization XuryEnslaved man; helps Crusoe escape captivity in AfricaWidowWidow of a ships captain; manages Crusoes moneyMr. & Mrs. CrusoeRobinson Crusoes parents; warn their son againstwanderingRobinson Crusoe, Chapter 1eing the third son of the family, and notbred to any trade, my head began to be filled very early with rambling thoughts.SymbolsFridayCrusoes native companion on the islandFriendshipFamilyDaniel Defoe1719EnglishNovelAuthorYear Written Original LanguageRobinson CrusoeAdventureSources: Collection of the Lilly Library, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Indiana University, SmithsonianCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Robinson Crusoeby the NumbersPublications of Robinson Crusoe during its first year in print, reflecting its popularity and rapid sales9Year Defoe was imprisoned for publishing a pamphlet that offended the church1703Languages into which Robinson Crusoe has been translated>100Years Alexander Selkirk, the real-life inspiration for Robinson Crusoe, spent marooned on an island off the coast of Chile4

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