Ar iana Buchanan
Car rie Alano
AP Language IV
30 September 2014
ORA # 1 –Robinson Crusoe
In the novel How To Read Literature Like A Professor by Thomas C. Foster , ther e ar e many differ ent str ategies for analyzing and identifying meanings within liter ary wor ks. Some of these tactics fr om Thomas C. Foster’ s book can be put to use when r eading the novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Robinson Crusoe is nar rated by the main char acter and pr otagonist, Robinson Cr usoe. This nar rative r eveals the cur ious and explor ator y natur e that Cr usoe possesses. Cr usoe is tor n between choosing the life that his par ents want for him, and fulfilling what he’ s always dr eamed of. While his par ents push for him to cr eate a br ight futur e for himself and study law, Cr usoe longs to be a sailor . Robinson Crusoe is an obvious quest filled with multiple political and biblical symbols.
While Cr usoe’ s entir e adventur e is somewhat of a “ r eligious ”quest, the most apparent emblem of Cr usoe’ s new found values is the cr oss that he built on the island. Although this would be an obvious tie to Jesus Chr ist’ s per secution in a typical r eligious adventur e, it is per verted by Cr usoe’ s nar cissism. Rather than following the guidelines fr om How To Read Literature Like A Professor on biblical symbolism, Robinson Crusoe r eveals another char acter istic about the main char acter thr ough this deviance fr om the nor m. Cr usoe began to idolize himself and r ecognize the sacr ifices he has made instead of honor ing GOD with what he has.
Another analytical str ategy that Thomas C. Foster pr esents is how to find and inter pr et political symbols within a cer tain text. In Cr usoe’ s case, political and biblical symbols can be ver y closely tied. Cr usoe’ s nar cissistic and power -lusting behavior can contr ibute to both str ategies. The mentality that he adopts r egar ding himself is that he is the r uler of this land and all the people in it. This is to show that r ulers of any countr y or land somewhat adopt this mentality as well because it is a natur al human thought pr ocess- to be dominant. Cr usoe makes his views