Robinson Crusoe By Daniel Defoe Essay

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While the book, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, is exciting and enjoyable to read during a raining day, there are a few peculiarities that spring into mind when reading the book. These peculiarities cast doubt on the reality of the book and a question comes to mind; could this have really happened? Some say that, because of the in-depth descriptions in the book, that it is a true account. However, Swiss Family Robinson, a story of a shipwrecked family stranded on an island, includes many descriptions of their survival and everything they made, much like Robinson Crusoe. Yet, Swiss Family Robinson was fiction, written by a father for the educational benefit of his sons. The meat that didn’t spoil, the one footprint, and the quality of the things he made even though he lacked the knowledge and skill are just three examples of the usual events that took place in the book.
One of the interesting occurrences in the book happened when Robinson Crusoe put out some meat to dry in the sun. At first glance nothing comes to mind, but consider it. Wouldn’t the meat spoil in the sun from insects and such? According to the Food and Agricultural Organization in regards to drying meat, after five hours, massive microbiological growth occurs on raw meat. Dipping the meat into a salt solution before hanging it up to dry serves first of all to prohibit microbiological growth on the meat. Heavy microbial contamination can affect the meat, and can lead to meat deterioration and even possible food poisoning. The salt concentration is also a protection against insects. Insects can cause considerable contamination of the meat and may also deposit their eggs into it. However, Crusoe acknowledged that he didn’t have salt. He didn’t even put it above a fire to have the smoke keep the insects away as the Indians did when they dried their meat.
Another irregular incident is in chapter 16, when Crusoe sees a footprint on the shore. It is the first footprint he has seen besides his own in years. But that is not the peculiar part. It’s the fact there was only one foot print. He said, “It was very plain to be seen in the...

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