Robinson Crusoe, Redemption & Broken Vows (L80)

How important for the narrative are the descriptions of the storms?

The descriptions of the storms are vital to the narrative because of their gripping intensity, both for the reader, and the characters. These storms are what brings Crusoe to his breaking points; the first storm pushed him to vow to return home if he survived, and yet with the clearing of the storm came the clearing of his prayers. He soon forgot his pleas, and returned to his passions. Again, the storms hit and brought him to a religious foundation; they brought him back to his family and life of ease, but once it passed he went on with his adventure. The storms symbolize each turning point in his life, and his conviction in destiny; he is following his heart. Not only did the storms bring him opportunity, but they also took it away, and their long detailed descriptions captivated the reader to continue on almost as much as they captivated Crusoe.


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