By Leon Guilhamet
His research locations Defoe's significant fiction squarely within the rising Whig tradition of the early eighteenth century. It deals a substitute for the view that Defoe is basically a author of legal or experience fiction and to the Marxist judgment that he extols individualism or derives his maximum proposal from well known print tradition. This research reads the novels as reflections of mainstream Whig social and political issues, an identical matters Defoe published in his verse and expository writings sooner than and after his significant interval of fiction writing, 1719-24.
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Realizesquickly that this analogy is too facile: ternational banking for little or no personal gain reflects Defoe's belief that commercial success was dependent on strong social bonds and sincere dealings between persons. " 30 That such honesty can exist, even between persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds, underscores Defoe's faith in international commerce and cooperation. It may also be regarded as an aspect of Whig optimism, which tended to place great confidence in the potential goodness of human nature.
A comfortable and easy life. This, in retrospect, Robinson recognizes, would have been a superior choice. "There seem' d to be something fatal in that Propension of Nature tending directly to the Life of Misery which was to befal me"(3), writes Robinson, assessing the life that was to follow his disobedience to his father's commands. But Robinson's father seems to have moved too quickly to gentleman status for the good of his children. He even suffers from the gout, 'a malady renowned among patricians and associated with a comfortable life,and rich diet (4).
She sees her deliverance as owing to "the awful dispensation of the Lord" . and interprets her affliction as the will of God. remedy for captivity. The principal action of Robinson Crusoe traces a progress from captivity to deliverance, a journey that is also a spiritual version of the more secular Whig myth of success. Defoe' s concept of this progression involves both material and spiritual successes. In Robinson Crusoe, as in much of his later fiction, the arduous road from poverty to riches parallels the spiritual quest for deliverance from bondage.