Does it seem like the story has been influenced by the life of the author?
Answers will vary here. There are certainly some compelling connections between the events of the beginning of the story and some of Defoe's life experiences. Students should consider not just some of the concrete facts that seem to line up, like trading and moving from one job or career to another, but also the temperaments of the main character and his author, Defoe. Both seem to be driven to try new things, interested in adventure and in a kind of gambling.
Why did Crusoe decide to forego his father's advice? What are some of his qualities that might account for this decision?
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