If you haven’t read the novel “Robinson Crusoe,” by Daniel Defoe yet, Robinson Crusoe Day on February 1 is the perfect time to embark on this reading mission! The novel was published on April 25, 1719, and was immensely popular when it was released, and it’s a great work of literature. Hence, it’s not a surprise that the popularity of the book brought about this day’s celebration. Not a fan of reading books? Fret not rather watch the multiple movie adaptations.
History of Robinson Crusoe Day
Did you know Robinson Crusoe was inspired by a real-life character? The book is based on the life of a Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, who was stranded on an uninhabited island for a few years and had to survive all alone. During this time, he lived by consuming fish, berries, and wild goats until a British ship passed by and rescued him in 1709. When he returned to London, his adventure and tales of horror made him a celebrity. When Daniel Defoe heard the story, the writer and storyteller within him couldn’t resist but pen the plot down and create a fictional tale of hope.
When “Robinson Crusoe” was finally published, it became an instant hit. In the book, the character Robinson is shipwrecked on an island and begins to spend days in devastation due to isolation. With no humans around, he starts talking to animals. It is during these painful days that he turns to God for guidance. His views on religion change and god becomes the main beacon of hope for him. This is how he manages to survive on the island for 28 long years. While the plot of the novel may seem simple, it is known as one of the greatest literary novels of all time. It has also managed to inspire many other books and has been used to create several movies across the world. In 1964 a French film production crew made a 13-part series titled “The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe,” whereas, in 1988, a film titled “Crusoe” was also released in Hollywood.
Robinson Crusoe Day timeline
“Robinson Crusoe” live performances take place at an opera in Paris.
A silent film “Robinson Crusoe” is screened at cinemas.
An illustrated comic book adapts the story of “Robinson Crusoe.”
An island in Chile is renamed Robinson Crusoe Island.
Robinson Crusoe Day FAQs
Why is “Robinson Crusoe” important?
It is one of the first fictional novels of the English language.
Was “Robinson Crusoe” a true story?
Yes, Daniel Defoe’s famous novel was inspired by true events.
What is the moral of “Robinson Crusoe?”
The moral of “Robinson Crusoe” is that a person can succeed against all odds.
Robinson Crusoe Day Activities
Read the novel
To celebrate the day, start reading the novel now and analyze the different characters in the story. Maybe you will uncover new details.
Have a costume party
Have a fun day by hosting a Robinson Crusoe-themed costume party. Maybe also add a prize for the best-dressed individual.
Do a book reading
If you love parts of the book, this is the right time to read them out. You can either do a book reading at the library or arrange something online.
5 Fun Facts About Robinson Crusoe
Robinson Crusoe Island
It is the second-largest of the Juan Fernandez Islands.
The book inspired the Robinsonade genre.
Time on the island
Crusoe spent 28 years, two months, and 19 days as a castaway.
Daniel Defoe wrote two sequels to the book.
The film “Cast Away”
The Hollywood flick was inspired by “Robinson Crusoe.”
Why We Love Robinson Crusoe Day
It advertises the classic novel
The day reminds us all that such a great novel was once published. It also advertises the book by default and encourages the youth to give it a read.
It gives people the message of hope
The story of the novel in itself serves the purpose of giving hope to people. It tells us all that one can survive and succeed if you have the will.
It cultivates an interest in literature
Reading the novel develops one’s interest in literature and other stories that give similar moral lessons and are fictional masterpieces.
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