Robinson Crusoe was one of the few slower books – in my opinion – we read this term however even though it was slow it was still an interesting read. The idea of a novel which is based upon a man alone on an island for about 180 pages of the book with the only real action happening in the pages before and after the island scenes is quite fascinating really. I think that a book about the lack of action, the lack of anything really happening is kind of fascinating because we usually expect that in order for a book to be really interesting it must be action packed and full of things happening instead of a stalemate of all action which is what the majority of Robinson Crusoe is made up of. Defoe redefines my idea of a book because he makes it possible for a book in which things happen at a slow, and in some ways nonexistence, way that it would not normally be the kind of book I would enjoy reading however Crusoe is kind of a compelling and interesting read in the fact that I wanted to find out what was going to happen. However at the same time it also made evident why most books that we read have a lot of action because it takes actual dedication to read a book in which the majority of the time nothing really happens. The book also reminded me of the an old movie, Cast Away, where the protagonist (Tom Hanks to be exact) adapts to his new environment with the leftovers from his cargo ship (in this case a FedEx plane) and, in essence, builds a life for himself. Apart from that this book also highlights how we may think we are civilized human beings who belong in society however when put back in the wild we can become like the bases of our own selves. We become like the ancient humans we believed inhabited the world before we did. We can also go into a state where all the things which mattered before, like societal problems and clothes and social constructs, become obsolete and the only things which matter are survival. Thus Darwin’s theory about survival of the fittest can also apply here since only the fittest, and the most capable of adapting, are able to adapt the all situations we are placed in and thus survive.