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Paradox in Robinson Crusoe
Paradox Examples in Robinson Crusoe:
Chapter XIII - Wreck Of A Spanish Ship
"But it was otherwise directed; and it may not be amiss for all people who shall meet with my story to make this just observation from it: How frequently, in the course of our lives, the evil which in itself we seek most to shun, and which, when we are fallen into, is the most dreadful to us, is oftentimes the very means or door of our deliverance, by which alone we can be raised again from the affliction we are fallen into...." See in text (Chapter XIII - Wreck Of A Spanish Ship)
Crusoe presents a paradox indicating that humankind has a limited perspective: often situations that they believe are hopeless will bring about their divine deliverance. This paradox speaks to larger Christian dynamics of God as omnipotent and His providence, to which humanity has only limited access through the word of the Bible.