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Robinson Crusoe Questions
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- What might be the appeal of a book like Robinson Crusoe to 21st-century readers?
- What relationship between humans and the natural world does Robinson Crusoe propose?
- If you drew a chart of Crusoe's spiritual journey, what would it look like?
- Why does Crusoe automatically regard the island he inhabits as his property? What else does Crusoe see as his property?
- What is Crusoe's attitude toward foreign cultures?
- How would you characterize Crusoe's relationship to Xury? To Friday?
- Why does Friday return to Europe with Crusoe?
- Are there women in Robinson Crusoe? What role do they play?
- How might some of the ideas we find in Robinson Crusoe be a problematic for readers in the 21st century?