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Setting in Robinson Crusoe

Setting Examples in Robinson Crusoe:

Chapter VII - Agricultural Experience

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"I lay very secure, sometimes two or three nights together; always going over it with a ladder; so that I fancied now I had my country house and my sea- coast house; and this work took me up to the beginning of August...."   (Chapter VII - Agricultural Experience)

Crusoe begins to build a life on the island that resembles life back in Europe. Imagining his beach hut as a “sea-coast house” and the structure in the grove as his “country house,” Crusoe mimics the aristocracy’s homelife. Since he imagines that he is king of this island, he can also imagine that he lives in places befitting a king.

" yet to enclose myself among the hills and woods in the centre of the island was to anticipate my bondage, and to render such an affair not only improbable, but impossible; and that therefore I ought not by any means to remove..."   (Chapter VII - Agricultural Experience)

Not only does Crusoe’s home metaphorically connect him to his society, he believes that it physically provides a chance to connect him with home. Crusoe’s home on the beach connects him to the outside world.

"otherwise they would have landed just at my door, as I may say, and would soon have beaten me out of my castle, and perhaps have plundered me of all I had. ..."   (Chapter XVII - Visit Of Mutineers)

Crusoe sees the island as his own. He assumes the position of a type of king or ruler. Using the word “castle,” a medieval fortress used to house a king and his court to describe his humble hovel, Crusoe aligns himself with a European idea of power. Like the kings and queens in his homeland, Crusoe sees “all he has” as something worth plundering.

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