by Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe Family Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Page Number). We used the 2008 Oxford World Classics edition.
I have been in all my Circumstances a Memento to those who are touch'd with the general Plague of Mankind, whence, for ought I know, one half of their Miseries flow; I mean, that of not being satisfy'd with the Station wherein God and Nature has plac'd them; for not to look back upon my primitive Condition, and the excellent Advice of my Father, the Opposition to which, was, as I may call it, my ORIGINAL SIN; (164)
For Crusoe, defying the advice of his father is the source of his miseries. He even calls it his "original sin" (in all caps, no less).
But I needed none of all this Precaution; for never Man had a more faithful, loving, sincere Servant, than Friday was to me; without Passions, Sullenness or Designs, perfectly oblig'd and engag'd; his very Affections were ty'd to me, like those of a Child to a Father; (176)
Crusoe establishes his relationship with Friday as a paternal one. Why?
This was the pleasantest Year of all the Life I led in this Place; Friday began to talk pretty well, and understand the Names of almost every Thing I had occasion to call for, and of ever Place I had to send him to, and talk'd a great deal to me; so that in short I bgan now to have some Use for my Tongue again, which indeed I had very little occasion for before; that is to say, about Speech; (180)
Crusoe expands his "family" to include Friday. How would you characterize their relationship?