26.10.2017 | Dmytro Shkvyra
Maybe “Robinson Crusoe” has been the most popular book during the last 200 years. What makes it so popular? Why hundreds of thousands of young readers still read this novel?
I believe that the success of this book is caused by the possibility of youngsters to associate themselves with the main character, a person who left his homeland and family to find his own place under the sun. The Adventures of Robinson reminds the readers that the world could be a cruel place but it does not mean that you can't change it in way as you wish.
Before Robinson appeared at an inhabited island, he had had a lot of extremely dangerous adventures. This adventures just strengthened his moral and prepared him to his main adventure in life.
Daniel Defo was honest when described the motivation of young men who were led by greed and starvation. But this part of the novel is usually remembered by nobody. Why?
In my opinion, the following parts of adventures eclipsed the first part. When Robinson appeared at the island he was absolutely alone, his crew had been dead and even the nature was against him.
The human nature also rebelled against him. To be absolutely honest this part of the book does not show fabulous scenes and just describe how Robinson was suffering due to lack of resources and how he tried to survive there during those years. Therefore, the main character was able not only to survive but made his life more or less comfortable enough before he started suffering from loneliness. And this part showed our real nature, our needs to be in a group, needs to have frenship…
I think, the theme of loneliness, friendship and dedication made this book a bestseller for centuries.