Robinson Crusoe

Pdf fan dd71f526917d6085d66d045bd94fb5b55d02a108dd45d836cbdd4abe2d4c043d Tap here to download this LitChart! (PDF)

Friday's Father Character Analysis

Robinson and Friday rescue two prisoners from some cannibals on the island: the Spanish prisoner and a man bound in a canoe. Friday is ecstatic when he realizes this man is actually his father. Friday's father lives on Robinson's island for a while and then is sent with the Spanish prisoner to bring back the rest of the surviving Spaniards from the shipwreck near Robinson's island.

Friday's Father Quotes in Robinson Crusoe

The Robinson Crusoe quotes below are all either spoken by Friday's Father or refer to Friday's Father. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Christianity and Divine Providence Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of Robinson Crusoe published in 2003.
Chapter 22 Quotes

My island was now peopled, and I thought myself very rich in subjects; and it was a merry reflection, which I frequently made, how like a king I looked. First of all, the whole country was my own property, so that I had an undoubted right of dominion. Secondly, my people were perfectly subjected - I was absolutely lord and lawgiver - they all owed their lives to me, and were ready to lay down their lives, if there had been occasion for it, for me. It was remarkable, too, I had but three subjects, and they were of three different religions - my man Friday was a Protestant, his father was a Pagan and a cannibal, and the Spaniard was a Papist. However, I allowed liberty of conscience throughout my dominions.

Related Characters: Robinson Crusoe (speaker), Friday, Friday's Father, The Spanish Prisoner
Page Number: 190
Explanation and Analysis:

After having begun his time on the island entirely alone, Robinson now has a relatively thriving community around him. The irony is that he has spent much of the book learning to embrace his isolated existence on the island, even claiming its superiority to the temptations of society. But rather than attempt to create another kind of society once he has assembled a group of people around him, Robinson seems to recreate a social hierarchy, making himself the king and the others his subjects.

Robinson does consider himself relatively more enlightened than European monarchs, since he allows freedom of religion in his "kingdom" - not something that was historically common at the time. He thus shows more openness towards different peoples and customs than might be expected for an Englishman of his time and place. At the same time, however, Robinson has hardly let go of the cultural and social assumptions with which he began his stay on the island.


Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other Robinson Crusoe quote.

Plus so much more...

Get LitCharts A+
Already a LitCharts A+ member? Sign in!
Get the entire Robinson Crusoe LitChart as a printable PDF.
Robinson crusoe.pdf.medium

Friday's Father Character Timeline in Robinson Crusoe

The timeline below shows where the character Friday's Father appears in Robinson Crusoe. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 22
Christianity and Divine Providence Theme Icon
...and cried. He told Robinson that this was his father. Robinson gave some food to Friday's father and then Friday went running to bring back a jug of fresh water for his... (full context)
Society, Individuality, and Isolation Theme Icon
Friday took care of both the prisoners and moved the Spaniard to the boat where Friday's father was. He got in the boat and paddled it around to the creek nearer Robinson's... (full context)
Strangers, Savages, and the Unknown Theme Icon
Robinson had Friday ask Friday's father if there was any chance that the escaped savages might come back with a large... (full context)
Society, Individuality, and Isolation Theme Icon
Contentment vs. Desire and Ambition Theme Icon
Robinson planned to send Friday's father and the Spaniard back to the their people so that the rest of the Europeans... (full context)
Society, Individuality, and Isolation Theme Icon
...cutting down trees to use to construct a boat. After the next harvest, he sent Friday's father and the Spaniard on their journey. As best as Robinson could reckon, they left some... (full context)