The Imperialistic Views of Robinson Crusoe

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The Imperialistic Views of Robinson Crusoe In Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe illustrates the beliefs of a 18th century British citizen. Robinson Crusoe, stranded on an island, takes it upon himself to better those around him. He takes the time to educate Friday and teach him “civil” ways. Crusoe feels the burden of a British citizen for he believes that it is necessary and a Christian thing to do. Crusoe views Friday as an inferior being …

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…under the belief that British citizens have a moral obligation to better the lives of inferiors. God who has given him such gifts has placed this moral burden upon his shoulders and he must show others the higher way. Being stranded on a desert island is a perfect way to practice imperialism and Crusoe does just that. He has taught the natives English and shown them the correct way to address God, thus practicing imperialism.