Robinson Crusoe’s Faithfulness to the Sea

In the book Robinson Crusoe Robinson went through many trials while at sea.  Before departing, his father warned him against going out to sea and told his son that he could have a better and more stable life if he stayed at home.  Crusoe took heed to his father’s advice for a few days but then decided he would rather have an adventure at sea.  And adventures he did have.

On his first voyage the ship he was aboard became caught in a storm.  While enduring this storm Crusoe vowed to God that he would go home and follow his father’s advice if God would deliver him from the storm.  God did deliver him from the vicious storm, but Crusoe broke the vow and continued on the sea faring way.  Soon after the storm’s settling, Crusoe’s ship encountered another storm that was so fierce that those on board were forced to abandon ship.  You would think that with such a big reminder from God Crusoe would recall the vow he made during the first storm and return home, but no, Crusoe was no Jonah in this case.

Crusoe continued on with his selfish travels through the sea.  But the sea continued to throw negative sanctions at Crusoe.  On one ship he was aboard he was captured by pirates and made into a slave for a Muslim captain for 2 years until he made an escape by way of his dear friend the sea.

Crusoe was eventually rescued from wandering the sea by a Portuguese captain and his ship and was given passage to Brazil.  In Brazil he made a life for himself as a plantation owner, a life much like what his father wanted for him.  After a couple years Crusoe was presented with an opportunity to guide his neighbors on a sea voyage to attain more slaves.  Crusoe accepted the challenge.

While they were on their way, much to their displeasure, their ship was confronted by a tremendous storm – one that forced all of the men to flee overboard.  Crusoe was the only survivor and was left stranded on a desolate island to fend for himself.

It seems to me that Crusoe was kind of blind to the occurrences and consequences in his life.  If he had simply thought about cause and effect he most likely would have prevented himself from enduring such trying circumstances.  Who knows, maybe he had a bad memory or blocked out the bad experiences he had and therefore couldn’t recall and learn from his failures.

Whatever the case, Crusoe depicts a great example of an incorrigible person who is stubborn and relentless.  Although it would be easier to follow his example if he was doing something less self-focused such as fighting off an enemy or evil forces for a greater good.  He does not set a good example as a man who honors his God, father, and mother.

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