Self-mastery, Utopias and "Robinson Crusoe" Analytical Essay by JPWrite

Self-mastery, Utopias and "Robinson Crusoe"
An essay examining Daniel Defoe's depiction of what is necessary to build a utopian society in his novel, "Robinson Crusoe".
# 64954 | 1,611 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Apr 15, 2006 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains how Daniel Defoe's novel, "Robinson Crusoe", uses the tale of a shipwrecked soldier to criticize the society in which he lived, show what is necessary for the formation of a utopian society and discuss the benefits of self-mastery.

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"In describing the process used to achieve self-mastery, Defoe gives symbolism to the objects that surround Crusoe and support the idea of the creation of a utopian environment. The island's newly cultivated barley and corn, which Crusoe calls a "prodigy of Nature" (Defoe 80), are symbolic of the spiritual and emotional growth that is taking place within the character. Of course, these grains, however, also serve as a main source of food for Crusoe. The idea of the island and Crusoe living together and giving to one another in harmony fully supports the idea of a utopian society in which humans can develop their abilities. It is at this point in the book that Crusoe realizes that he can depend upon himself in order to survive. Furthermore, at this point, Crusoe also realizes that his "misfortune" of becoming stranded on an island is actually a blessing (Defoe 66)."

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