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  • Man Friday - Daniel Defoe

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shineonmehoran - Sapiens - 314 Punti

He was a comely, handsome fellow, perfectly well made, with straight, strong limbs, not too large; tall, and well-shaped; and, as I reckon, about twenty-six years of age. He had a very good countenance, not a fierce and surly aspect, but seemed to have something very manly in his face; and yet he had all the sweetness and softness of a European in his countenance, too, especially when he smiled. His hair was long and black, not curled like wool; his forehead very high and large; and a great vivacity and sparkling sharpness in his eyes. The colour of his skin was not quite black, but very tawny; and yet not an ugly, yellow, nauseous tawny, as the Brazilians and Virginians, and other natives of America are, but of a bright kind of a dun olive-colour, that had in it something very agreeable, though not very easy to describe. His face was round and plump; his nose small, not flat, like the negroes; a very good mouth, thin lips, and his fine teeth well set, and as white as ivory. After he had slumbered, rather than slept, about half-an-hour, he awoke again, and came out of the cave to me: for I had been milking my goats which I had in the enclosure just by: when he espied me he came running to me, laying himself down again upon the ground, with all the possible signs of an humble, thankful disposition, making a great many antic gestures to show it. At last he lays his head flat upon the ground, close to my foot, and sets my other foot upon his head, as he had done before; and after this made all the signs to me of subjection, servitude, and submission imaginable, to let me know how he would serve me so long as he lived. I understood him in many things, and let him know I was very well pleased with him. In a little time I began to speak to him; and teach him to speak to me: and first, I let him know his name should be Friday, which was the day I saved his life: I called him so for the memory of the time. I likewise taught him to say Master; and then let him know that was to be my name: I likewise taught him to say Yes and No and to know the meaning of them. I gave him some milk in an earthen pot, and let him see me drink it before him, and sop my bread in it; and gave him a cake of bread to do the like, which he quickly complied with, and made signs that it was very good for him. I kept there with him all that night; but as soon as it was day I beckoned to him to come with me, and let him know I would give him some clothes; at which he seemed very glad, for he was stark naked. As we went by the place where he had buried the two men, he pointed exactly to the place, and showed me the marks that he had made to find them again, making signs to me that we should dig them up again and eat them. At this I appeared very angry, expressed my abhorrence of it, made as if I would vomit at the thoughts of it, and beckoned with my hand to him to come away, which he did immediately, with great submission.

1) WRITE a caption summarising each section of the extract.
SECTION 1(parte blu)->
SECTION 2(parte gialla)->
SECTION 3(parte verde)->

2) READ the extract and answer the questions.
1.What was Robinson doing while the young savage was sleeping?
2.What did the young man do when he saw Robinson?
3.How did Robinson react? what name did he call him? why?
4.What english words did Robinson teach him?
5.what did he gave him?
6.Did he let the man live according to his people's traditions and customs? why or why not?

3)FILL in the table with the details of Friday's description.

4)DECIDE. Are the details stressed by Robinson mainly positive or negative?
5)DISCUSS.What leads Robinson to define Friday as ''handsome''?
6)LIST the other native peoples mentioned as terms of comparison in the description of Friday.
7)FOCUS.on Friday's behaviour.How would you define it? What will his relationship with Robinson be like?
8)SAY what the theme of the passage is.
9)EXPLAIN why Robinson could be regarded as the prototype of the english coloniser.
10) EXPLAIN how Robinson's approach to his new condition reflects the ideology of the 18th century.

tiscali - Tutor - 22890 Punti
Il primo e il terzo esercizio direi che li puoi tranquillamente risolvere tu in quanto ti chiedono rispettivamente di:

- riassumere le varie parti che compongono il testo
- descrivere alcuni tratti somatici del protagonista

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