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In the novel Robinson Crusoe Defoe illustrates the contradictions that drench the thoughts and actions of man as he strives to reach for God while also forced to face the realization that he must ensure his own safety in the world Defoe uses Crusoes journey on the canoe to exemplify how Crusoe lives in a world where he longs to please and obey God but must also contend with his instinct which looks to himself for his savior In the passage in which Crusoe finally reaches land after a tumultuous experience at sea in his canoe Crusoe falls to his knees and gave God Thanks for his Deliverance resolving to lay aside all Thoughts of his Deliverance by his boat 103 Crusoe strives for the Christian ideal which is to look to God for assistance and not to humans because inevitably God holds the only power to give and take life Crusoe appears to achieve the ideal when he drops to his knees and thanks God for his safe return however through the use of the word resolve Defoe shows that the ideal relationship with God contradicts mans instinct According to the Websters English Dictionary resolves means 1 to come to a definite or earnest decision about determine 14 to come to a determination make up ones mind 786 Since Crusoe must come to a determination in order to lay aside his thoughts that his boat saved him and not God then Defoe shows that Crusoes first instinct is to look to his self as his savior and only after deliberation does he determine to call it providence that saves him Although it may on the surface appear that Crusoe achieves this ideal relationship with God in which he praises Him and does not look to himself as having the power to save his own life Defoe shows that this is just a superficial reading because Crusoe never mentions that he does believe
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