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R L Fisher struck ground when he said Robinson Crusoe can be appreciated on a multitude of levels as an adventure story a morality tale a ledger sheet a Puritan fable a survival course a defense of the ethnic of hard work as a way of salvation a symbolic narrative recounting one mans quest for spiritual salvation one mans successful re-creation of the world he left behind As I read the novel for the first time I found that my reading was of the Crusoes quest for spiritual salvation The first obvious reference to spiritual matters was to Jonah in the very first chapter which at the end of the chapter is even out-right mentioned Like an obstinate boy Crusoe rebelled against his fathers advice to stay and settle at home p 5 and boarded a ship bound for London In this way Crusoe resolved to decide if the life of the sea was actually what he wanted The ride was quite unpleasant for Crusoe who got quite seasick when a small storm arose he vowed to God to never set foot on another boat again if his life would be spared God saved his life and the intensity of Crusoes fears and convictions soon wore off Many mishaps later Robinson Crusoe found himself like Jonah spewed onto the shores of a distant land he was now stranded on a deserted island with no hope of being rescued or surviving on the island This can be symbolic of the solitude of mans quest Long 2 for God although people can help us along the way Crusoe had two benefactors the actual spiritual journey of humanity is a deeply personal solitary pilgrimage Until we can be content alone with God it can be distracting and possibly even spiritually dangerous to be with others While on the island Crusoe first concentrated on physical survival retrieving what wreckage he could from the ship which by the grace
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