Robinson Crusoe: A Creature of Habit (L85)

Why did Crusoe take the coins off the ship?

Crusoe took the coins off of the ship even though he didn’t need them because, at this point in his story, he remained a creature of habit. The coins, a symbol of organized society, were what kept him tethered to civilization. With this, they could have been a glimpse of future hope; that he kept them in case he would one day escape the island. They also could have been a memento, of where he has been, where he is, and where he is going. The coins represent both the life he was chasing, one of material success and artificial happiness, and the life he was bound for, one of spiritual enlightenment. The coins are the difference between free spirituality and rigid reason.