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Learning freedom and responsibility in Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe was one of the first British Bildungsromane. Robinson Crusoe, as a Bildungsroman, shows the development of the young and irresponsible Crusoe who is confused and in search of his identity, adulthood and independence and who eventually matures and becomes more secure in his identity. Over the course of the novel Robinson Crusoe, Crusoe goes through different stages in life and experiences events that broaden his view of life and eventually make him realise and understand life through various perspectives. Therefore, the purpose of this essay is to explore how Crusoe, and Friday to a certain extent, learn freedom and responsibility during the course of the story. I have divided freedom into different categories: physical and mental freedom, freedom from fear, freedom from inhuman conditions and freedom from English society and social strictures. I have examined situations where Crusoe is aiming for change of some sort and where it is clear to see indications of freedom and deliverance. Every now and then Crusoe feels trapped in a place or situation and desperately seeks to become free and rescued. And once released from one of his many fears he experiences great content and learns to appreciate life. Through these different categories of freedom I hope to have shown how Crusoe matures and learns responsibility as freedom enters his life during his years of search for it. I also hope to have clarified how the novel shows Crusoe’s development from a man with only adventure in his mind into a man of strong beliefs and a great understanding and respect for life.

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2003. , 18 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53721Local ID: ENG C-15OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53721DiVA: diva2:1102281
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English
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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