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Throughout Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe there is a recurring theme of superiority During his stay on the island Robinson Crusoe seems to be preoccupied with making the island his and changing it to his own wants and desires He frequently calls it his island and refers to himself as King or Governour Crusoes treatment of those around him especially Xury and Friday also show his feelings of superiorityRobinson Crusoes sentiments are not just his own they are reflections of those of English society Robinson Crusoe was written during the time of European Imperialism Defoe as an Englishman Used his novel to comment on how the other European nations especially Spain did not know how to deal with the savages they met in these new lands He states that Englands brand of justice is superior to that of Spains Crusoe criticizes the Spaniards actions when dealing with the savages they ran into when conquering the Americas He disagrees with the needless slaughter of the natives and the theft of their riches the conduct of the Spaniards in all their barbarities practised in America where they destroyed millions of these people who however they were idolaters and barbarians and had several bloody and barbarious rites in their customs such as sacrificing human bodies to their idols were yet as to the Spaniards very innocent people Defoe 178 Robinson Crusoe felt that the ctions taken toward the savages were undeseved because the savages took no actions against the Spaniards Crusoe and Defoe feel that the natives of the New World should be made civilized They should be educated in English morals and taught in the ways of Christianity This not only reinforces the theme of European superiority over the savages of the New World it introduces the theme of English superiority over Spain in dealing with new peoples This idea is exactly what Richard Hakluyt stated in his writings over 400 years ago Hakluyts beliefs were that
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