The Life of "Robinson Crusoe" Book Review by Peter Pen

The Life of "Robinson Crusoe"
A discussion on the middle station of life that Daniel Defoe presents the reader in "Robinson Crusoe".
# 109929 | 1,417 words | 0 sources | 2008
Published on Dec 11, 2008 in Literature (English)

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This paper discusses Daniel Defoe's famous fictional character, Robinson Crusoe in his book of the same name, and Crusoe's dissatisfaction with living in the middle state of life, that is, middle class life. The author examines Crusoe's journey to find himself by trying to get out of the middle station, yet falling into it continuously throughout the primary portion of his life. The paper further recounts how Crusoe promotes labor and independence in the middle station, often without knowing, as he does not recognize he is in such a state, and ironically finds happiness at later stages of his life by living in the middle state.

From the Paper:

"Although Crusoe is living on his own, away from society on a desolated island, he still has this great ability to alter the middle station. As previously stated, he is clearly part of this station in which he still does not wish or does not know he belongs to, but the way in which he has gotten here and how he still does not yearn to be part of the middle station has corrupted it. Therefore the reader must take the face-value interpretation of the middle station that Defoe gives the reader through Crusoe."

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