Robinson Crusoe

By Daniel Defoe


Report by Steven

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Question:
Why is Robinson so much different from his parents?
Answer:
Robinson is different then his parents because he loves the sea and wants to have a career near it one day. His parents are always trying to persuade him to stay and be involved with law, but he will settle for nothing less then a life at sea. His eldest brother was a lieutenant colonel to an English regiment, and his second eldest brother he never got to know. Since he was the third born child, he had no trade to be born into. Starting at a young age, he began thinking of what he could make of his life. The only thing appealing to his eye was the ocean. His father was puzzled at the fact that Robinson wandted to leave his native country and put his life at risk. He dreamed of Robinson to raise the family fortune.
Question:
After his voyage, will Robinson feel the same way about the sea that he has since he was a young boy?
Answer:
Although Robinson's ship goes through a violent windstorm and almost loses his life at the mercy of the ocean, he still longs for another adventure. He has the common sense to know to go home, but he didn't have the power to do so. He temped fate and he isn't going to let it get to him. A man tells him he isn't fit for a life at sea, but will he listen or keep on going with his passion?
Question:
Will Robinson listen to the man and never sail again?
Answer:
Robinson did set sail on another voyage, and on the same ship as his first voyage as well. I think that the man telling him to never sail again is foreshadowing that he will have bad luck on the voyage and something bad will happen to him.

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