Robinson Crusoe Essay

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In the following essay Benjamin discusses Defoe's contention that Robinson Crusoe was autobiographical in nature, concluding that the book symbolized the author's spiritual development rather than an account of the historical facts of his life.

Although Defoe claimed in the Serious Reflections that Robinson Crusoe was in part an allegory of his own life, attempts to connect details in the book with specific experiences in the life of Defoe have not been found convincing Complicated as the connection is between Defoe's life and his works, I believe that the claim may yet be found valid if we look at the book as a symbolic account of a spiritual experience rather than a kind of cipher of its author's life. It is quite possible that the symbolism is by no means a part of Defoe's intention; as his imagination warmed to its task, the story began to take on...

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