ENG210 LEC09

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Published on 11 Oct 2011
School
UTSG
Department
English
Course
ENG210Y1
Lecture 9
- Can’t stop with liking/not liking a novel or even why in literary analysis
- Crusoe – literary character; figure of a text
- Text = embodiment of a certain thinking of an issue that occurred many years ago
- Moral response takes step further; push to meaning of text
- What is the tone with fact that Crusoe outs other characters in text? Is he
condemned? Positive/negative?
oPositive?
oMorally reprehensible
oCrusoe is self-centered/selfish
Initial selfishness turns into his strength throughout his years in the
island
- DON’T MISTAKE YOUR MORAL REACTION AS ANALYSIS!!!
- Primitive individualism gives off a world where all the individuals are at war with
each other
oFor supplies, good, etc…
- Religion is matter of ____?____
oCrusoe disestablishes religion and sets up a social contract
By doing so, brings island to modern world
Crusoe recreates “civilization as he knew it”
Establishes a stable government, culture, civilized religion, and
constitution…
Natural order
- How is order represented in text? (Or imagined?)
- Cannibalism – unarguable mark of savagery
- Prohibitions – no incest, no cannibalism
oHuman nature rules
- Crusoe ends up being a representative of the Englishman/common man
oPersonification of best Englishman has to offer
oTravel routed by spirituality but goal isn’t spiritual but economic
accomplishment
Subordination of world to will of human
- No one imagined writing a book like Robinson Crusoe 50 years ago
oSOMETHING CHANGE!
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Can"t stop with liking/not liking a novel or even why in literary analysis. Crusoe literary character; figure of a text. Text = embodiment of a certain thinking of an issue that occurred many years ago. Moral response takes step further; push to meaning of text. Positive/negative: positive, morally reprehensible, crusoe is self-centered/selfish. Initial selfishness turns into his strength throughout his years in the island. Don"t mistake your moral reaction as analysis!! Primitive individualism gives off a world where all the individuals are at war with each other: for supplies, good, etc . Religion is matter of ____?___: crusoe disestablishes religion and sets up a social contract. By doing so, brings island to modern world. Crusoe recreates civilization as he knew it . Establishes a stable government, culture, civilized religion, and constitution : natural order. How is order represented in text? (or imagined?) Prohibitions no incest, no cannibalism: human nature rules.