Robinson Crusoe


Part 1


Robinson Crusoe is a brilliantly adventurous story written by Daniel Defoe in 1719. It is about a revolutionary man who achieves his ambition of traveling the world. He discovers both the fortunes and misfortunes in life.


This story starts in the city of York in the year 1632. Robinson Crusoe is a boy who has been educated to become a lawyer. His father being a very aged man had taught him enough to commence in the study of law. However to Robinson Crusoe, this easy future life didnít appeal. He wanted to travel the world in search of adventure. At more than one occasion, his father attempted to convince him to stay in his home country and have an easy life. In spite of this, Robinson Crusoe kept the idea of oversea adventure in the back of his mind.


Robinsonís father explained to him how only the very wealthy or the very poor embarked on such adventures, and Robinson was neither. His father also described how the middle class didnít have any of the troublesome problems of the lower or the upper class. Robinson however persistently stuck to his aspirations of questing the world; ďBut Alas! A few days wore it all offĒ.


Robinson finally decided to embark on his first voyage with a more than willing fellow. He boarded a ship bound for London on the 1st of September 1651. This trip was an ill-fated one and involved a storm. While in the destructive storm, Robinson vowed that he would never head to sea again. As the water calmed down and waves disappeared so did Robinsonís promises and future resolutions for himself.


In my opinion, Robinson being the persistent fellow that he is, would head to sea yet again. Perhaps his next trip will be even more disastrous.



Robinson Crusoe


Part 2


After Robinson regained his determination and desire to head to sea again, he met a Guinea trader. Robinson then set sail on a trade route. When returning from Guinea, the captain of the ship died. On the same voyage, Turkish pirates boarded Robinsonís ship. Robinson and his fellow travelers were arrested and taken in as slaves. Robinson was given to his new master. Robinson was to do look after the small garden, to do common slave drudgery about the house, and to lie in his masterís cabin to look after his ship.


Robinson planned his escape at every moment he was enslaved by the Turkish. After several years, he got his chance. His master, who was now very trusting, sent Robinson and another two of his slaves to catch some fish for him and his guests. Robinson knew that this opportunity was the best he had. This was an opportunity with very little probability of error. Robinson resolved to free himself alone and didnít want to take any chances with the other slave, thus, he got him to go overboard and swim to shore. He trusted the other slave. He made him take an oath and then allowed him to travel with him.


Crusoe sailed his boat close to the shore to avoid getting astray or being low on food or water. His main goal was to reach English ships so that he could be rescued and taken back to England. They, Crusoe and his slave, stopped at several points to replenish with water and food. After several days of journeying, Crusoeís slave finally saw a sail. Robinson Crusoe quickly identified the ship as a friendly Portuguese one and fired guns as a distress signal. In three hours time, the ships met and they were welcomed aboard. The captain of this Portuguese ship was very hospitable and trustworthy.


In my view, Robinson would probably head back to England with the Portuguese captain in the immediately next part of the story.



Robinson Crusoe


Part 3


After embarking with the newly met Portuguese captain, Robinson traveled with him to the Bay de Todos los Santos in the Brazils. He began a plantation there beside another Englishmanís. His crop wasnít huge, but it was enough to provide for him.


By and by, years passed. Robinson had learnt the language and befriended traders and his fellow planters. He still felt lonely and bored. Soon, his prayers were answered and he was able to set sail