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Brief summary of Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) wrote "Robinson Crusoe", his best known novel, in 1719. The story is based on a real event (the account of Selkierk's adventures) but Defoe drew inspiration also from the travel books of the time. "Robinson Crusoe" is made up of 3 sections:

the first section
: Robinson leaves his family, he's 19 years old, to go away to sea, hoping to make a fortune, in spite of his father's warnings. After many dangerous experiences he lands in Brazil and becomes a successful planter. During an expedition to Africa, where he was going to buy some slaves, he is shipwrecked on a remote island;

the second section: Defoe describes Robinson's life on the island. This part is related in the form of a diary, an account of Robinson's experiences: he stays there for 28 years, 2 months and 19 days and keeps a journal in which he describes how he manages to re-create the world he has left. That's why Robinson Crusoe is the so called "homo economicus". He saves a young savage (Friday, who becomes his servant) from the cannibals. He is rescued by an English ship;

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