Fear

The three sea voyages

In the novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, the main character often experiences fear. After Robinson Crusoe decides to travel to London without informing his parents, he becomes seasick on the ship and feels great fear. A week later, the ship threatens to sink during a storm and again the young adventurer is seized with fear: “I was most inexpressibly sick in body and terrified in mind” (Chapter 1, 34%). His suspicions come true, for a short time later the crew is shipwrecked. Fortunately, the crew survives and is given refuge in a nearby town. Robinson is then able to sail on to London.

Despite this experience, Robinson embarks on further journeys. He does not give up hope of experiencing more exciting adventures. He is not spared misfortune on his next voyage either. On his journey from London to Guinea, Robinson is captured by pirates and enslaved. He then spends two years in captivity until he is finally able to escape. In this episode, Robinson recounts his exploits without mentioning any feelings of fear.

After his stay in Brazil, Robinson's thirst for exotic adventures is still not satisfied. He goes to Guinea as a slave trader and experiences another shipwreck on his third sea voyage. The rest of the crew dies in the shipwreck, only Robinson survives and is stranded on a desert island. The fears Robinson feels at the beginning are now directed towards the new and unknown environment to which he is supposed to adapt. For example, at the beginning he fears being eaten by wild animals and therefore seeks shelter in tall trees.

Robinson is very desperate at first, but then comes to terms with his circumstances. He realizes that he must be grateful for his survival and slowly make...

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