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In Robinson Crusoe the main character Crusoe undergoes several changes that reflect political economic and religious progress Each event during Crusoes life on the island shows him to be a developing character changes made either temporarily or permanently One incident in particular marks the beginning of Crusoes religious alterations After having an intense nightmare believed to have been sent from God himself Crusoe begins to change his religious habits and belief system Crusoe appears to be a better man as a result of this particular dream and his resulting changes seem permanent However later actions bring to question the legitimacy and permanency of Crusoes religious transformation after his divine rebuking dream Defoes Robinson Crusoe has been likened to that of a spiritual journey in which Crusoe undergoes the process of rebellion punishment repentance and conversion common to Puritan spiritual histories and especially prominent in diariesHunter 31-47 The spiritual biography narrates the Christians journey or pilgrimage through the wilderness of fallen world where they were torn by the conflict of good and evil whose goal was of course salvation Religion in Robinson Crusoe Spiritual biographies typically follow the spiritual journey of a saint a martyr or a notorious sinner who converted Religion in Robinson Crusoe For this reason Defoes Robinson Crusoe is often depicted as such due to Crusoes repentance and the novels abundance of religious and spiritual interpretations and allusions Believed to encompass deeper spiritual meaning the following events from Crusoes life can be perceived as something deeper going off course at sea interpreted as a spiritual drift being a slave interpreted as being enslaved by sin shipwrecks interpreted as a spiritual shipwreck physical illness and recovery interpreted as spiritual disease and conversion or salvation almost swept out to sea in canoe interpreted as danger of relying on self instead of God cannibals interpreted as human beings depraved nature Crusoes struggles in ocean and being cast ashore interpreted as the start of new life Crusoe
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