These thesis statements offer a short summary of Robinson Crusoe in terms of different elements that could be important in an essay.
You are, of course, free to add your own analysis and understanding of the plot or themes to them for your essay.
We can notice that Defoe concentrates on Crusoe struggles with practical problems.
Crusoe is, after all, a British urban citizen suddenly thrust into the wilderness, and his triumphs and frustrations in attempting to make clothes, cooking utensils, or his fortress-like house speak deeply to the modern city-dwellers fantasies of a life in the wild, outside of the conveniences and comforts of civilization.
All of the important quotes from Robinson Crusoe listed here correspond, at least in some way, to the paper topics above and by themselves can give you great ideas for an essay by offering quotes and explanations about other themes, symbols, imagery, and motifs than those already mentioned and explained.
Aside from the thesis statements above, these quotes alone can act as essay questions or study questions as they are all relevant to the text in an important way. Look at the bottom of the page to identify which edition of the text by Daniel Dafoe they are referring to.[My father] bid me observe it, and I should always find, that the calamities of life were shared among the upper and lower part of mankind; but that the middle station had the fewest disasters, and was not expos’d to so many vicissitudes as the higher or lower part of mankind, nay they were not subjected to so many distempers and uneasinesses either of body or mind, as those were who, by vicious living, luxury, and extravagancies on the one hand, or by hard labour, want of necessaries, and mean of insufficient diet on the other hand, bring distempers upon themselves by the natural consequences of their way of living…." (6)“All this while the storm encreas’d, and the sea, which I had never been upon before, went very high, tho’ nothing like what I have seen many times since.…
We can observe that Defoe portray in Robison Crusoe diverse elements of the individualism.
Firstly, Robison Crusoe is an illustration of homo economicus, that is, economic man that symbolizes the new outlook of individualism in its economic aspect.
An examination of the entire novel reveals very few characteristics that can redeem Crusoe’s character.
Thesis Statement / Essay Topic #4: My Man Friday Robinson Crusoe refers to Friday as “my man," and has a relationship with the African that is quite complicated.