Narrator and point of view

Robinson Crusoe is the first-person narrator of the novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. He is also the main character. Such a character is called a homodiegetic narrator. Everything that happens, everything that is seen, is depicted from his perspective. His direct messages give the readers a particularly deep feeling of connection and a special proximity to the events, because the incidents the narrator experiences, the thoughts and the feelings he describes seem true and authentic.

The novel is narrated like a monologue. There are only a few dialogues. Short spoken dialogue is used at the beginning of the narrative in the first three chapters. Some conversations with Friday are reproduced after he has learned English. Several passages of direct speech appear towards the end as well, when the English captain lands on the island, which make the na...

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