Term Paper on Robinson Crusoe

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Robinson Crusoe

From the beginning of some life, people make many choices that affect their personal
growth and livelihood, choices like what they should wear and/or what they should do. Even
the littlest choices that they make could make a big difference in their lives. In the
book, Robinson Crusoe retold by Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, while on the island, made
many choices, big and small, that affected his personal growth and contributed to why he
survived for so long. On the island he made a lot of smart decisions of what to do in
order to stay a live. On his second day he made a choice to go back to the ship to explore
what was there. He spent a lot of time building his home when he could have done something
more important. He also took a risk and helped out a person that he did not know. These
were some of many choices that Robinson Crusoe made throughout his many years on the

While on a trip off the coast of England, rough winds threw Robinson Crusoe and his crew
of sixteen members off course. Right after one of the crew yelled out "land ahoy" the ship
hit a rock and went down. Everybody drowned except Robinson Crusoe, who washed up on a
nearby island; he was the only survivor. The next morning he realized what had happened
and became scared of dying, because without food or clothes he could not survive. Not
knowing what to do, he made a small shack and settled on the island for that night. The
very next morning he made a choice to build a raft and go out to the broken boat and
explore for items he could find. He was hardworking and smart even in a bad situation. His
decision to go back to the boat and risk a chance of being killed by sharks changed his
life span. It also proved that he was smart. By making smart decision and thinking wisely,
it proved that he was a smart man. "I at once found some food, for I was hungry" (15). If
he had not gone back to the ship he could have starved to death. Robinson needed food and
his choice to get it made him survive for a longer time. Even though Robinson had food and
shelter he had nobody there to keep him company. Even in a time like this Robinson needed
companionship. "I was very happy to find the ships dog and two cats…" (15) There was
another thing that worried Robinson and that was being killed by wild animals or even
cannibals. Robinson knew that he needed weapons and some other tools to protect him from
being attacked from these wild animals so he went back to the ship and got some items that
helped him out for a long time. "I found two good guns, two pistols, a powder horn, a
small bag of shots, clothes, food, and other tools to help me" (16).

Robinson was smart enough to anticipate what the conditions on the island were and how to
protect himself. Robinson took some time and built a strong home so that a storm wouldn't
knock it down. "I spent a lot of time working on my home so that another storm wouldn't
knock it down" (29). Robinson also had a choice to add more things to his house to make it
better and to protect him. "…It took me all day to put up my fence, …so that no wild
animals could attack me…" (31). After all the effort and hard work he put into making
his home it paid off because when a storm came he was safe and so was his home. He says,
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