The adventure novel

The novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe can be considered an adventure novel. An adventure is a special event that stands out from everyday events. Often an adventure involves dangerous or exciting situations that the hero must overcome. In an adventure novel, the hero gets into a rapid succession of often frightening adventures and wanderings, which he must first overcome before he is usually allowed to return home. The main character is generally accompanied by one or more characters. The action often takes place in foreign and exotic settings. It is usually told from the hero's point of view in simple and descriptive language. Female heroines who have to face dangerous tasks only appear in modern adventure novels.

Almost all of these characteristics can be found in Robinson Crusoe. Especially in the first three chapters of the novel, th...

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