India and the Contemporary World-II

Book: India and the Contemporary World-II

Chapter: 8. Novels, Society and History

Subject: Social Science - Class 10th

Q. No. 1 of Write in Brief

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Explain the following:

What actions of Robinson Crusoe make us see him as a typical colonizer?

The hero of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719) is projected as an adventurer and slave trader. In novel he was depicted as an impression of superiority. Once while travelling his ship gets destroyed and he reaches an island. There Crusoe mistreats black people considering them inferior creatures as he himself is a white. He rescues a ‘native’ and makes him his slave and names him Friday without asking about his name. The natives were seen as primitive and barbaric people by him. This nature of him shows that he was a typical colonizer and represents the period he belonged to.


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