Read novel Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe and discussion
Post a 300-word response to each question
- In the preface, the narrative is described by an unnamed editor as a “private man’s adventures in the world” and a “just history of fact.” Taking into account Adichie’s argument about “The Danger of a Single Story,” is Robinson Crusoe a story of a “private man’s adventures in the world” and a “just history of fact”?
- During the first half of Robinson Crusoe, Crusoe encounters Moorish pirates, Africans, and the slaves Ismael and Xury. Choose one of these characters. How is the character represented by Defoe? What story does Defoe tell about the character? From whose perspective is the character being described?
- How are “humanity” and “savagery” depicted in the first half of Robinson Crusoe? Who is represented as “civilized” and who is represented as “savage”?
- Consider the journal that Crusoe keeps. Where are there inconsistencies in the journal? What effect does awareness of inconsistencies have on the story, particularly on the editor’s earlier insistence that it is a “just history of fact”?
- What is Man Friday’s background? Describe the power dynamics between Crusoe and Man Friday? Who has more power in the relationship? Where does this power come from? How do the power dynamics tie in with the colonial elements of the text?
- Ask and answer a question of your own design about the novel.