The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Written By Daniel Defoe
Crusoe's tale starts off as a normal Englishman of the 1600. A merchant, Crusoe is first taken by pirate Moors who he escapes from. But this is not the last of the dangers that Crusoe encounters. On his trip, where he leaves from Brazil, he is the sole survivor of the shipwreck. He wakes up to be on a island stranded. Alone, Crusoe must be able to hunt and scavenge. Alone, he must face and fight off the dangerous animals that lurk the island. Alone, he must be able to survive and travel to the only hope of recognizable civilization. We read to find out what happens during the six years Crusoe spends on his island.
The rifle is found throughout the book. Though not focused entirely on the object, the rifle is one of Crusoe's last line of defense. The flintlock rifle is a way for Crusoe to protect himself. When in danger he will carry the rifle, sort of like a companion. He also mentions that he will not leave without the company of the rifle.
The parrot seems to be the only person Crusoe can talk to. The parrot, or Polly, is taught by Crusoe who spends oh so many years on the island stranded. Polly is the only voice that Crusoe has heard since years of his adventures in the island alone.
Friday is the name that Crusoe gives to his companion native that he meets. Saving Friday's life they go on to watch over each other's back. Crusoe and Friday later go on to save each other's lives eventually. Without the help of Friday, Crusoe may have never been able to live 6 years on the island as he would later.
The Art Of The Cover
5/3This drawing of Robinson Crusoe may look simple, but the drawing has more details into everything Crusoe has. On his left shoulder, he wears a parrot, a companion that he makes while stranded. He also has a dog, another companion of his that he finds during his time on the island. Crusoe wears fur clothes. These clothes are which that he skinned from animals of all sorts. “...but mad signs for its skin, which they gave me much more freely…” This shows that how Crusoe was able to take any animal skins which he would later use to make coats as the one he wears in the drawing. Depicted in the drawing is also a rifle. The rifle is just one of the symbols of his ability to survive in the open wilderness. The rifle is what he uses much of the time to hunt for any animals and keep him safe from any predators that lurk around the island.