I'm currently having troubles with the concept of writing a close reading on a literary novel "Robinson Crusoe". I'm really stuck on creating an argument for this passage (attached below), and how I will use literary techniques to justify my argument. The passage is quite long and I cannot pin down one meaning/argument. It was touched in the lecture that Crusoe is a self-proclaimed king, and it's where he states that he is not from the world and feels like a king in the estate in which he lives in. I do agree, however, I think this is not the main deliverance of the passage.?
My perception is that Crusoe is a changed man, whom has come to realise the greatness of God and how he has released all of his sins from the past. Do you think I should use my lecturer's idea as the argument, or risk analysing my own idea??
Also, when writing a close reading, to prove my argument, do I address the techniques to support my argument??
In the middle of this work I finished my fourth year in this place, and kept my anniversary with the
same devotion, and with as much comfort as ever before; for, by a constant study and serious
application to the Word of God, and by the assistance of His grace, I gained a different knowledge
from what I had before. I entertained different notions of things. I looked now upon the world as a
thing remote, which I had nothing to do with, no expectations from, and, indeed, no desires about:
in a word, I had nothing indeed to do with it, nor was ever likely to have, so I thought it looked, as we
may perhaps look upon it hereafter - viz. as a place I had lived in, but was come out of it; and well
might I say, as Father Abraham to Dives, ?Between me and thee is a great gulf fixed.?
In the first place, I was removed from all the wickedness of the world here; I had neither the lusts of
the flesh, the lusts of the eye, nor the pride of life. I had nothing to covet, for I had all that I was now
capable of enjoying; I was lord of the whole manor; or, if I pleased, I might call myself king or
emperor over the whole country which I had possession of: there were no rivals; I had no competitor,
none to dispute sovereignty or command with me: I might have raised ship-loadings of corn, but I
had no use for it; so I let as little grow as I thought enough for my occasion. I had tortoise or turtle
enough, but now and then one was as much as I could put to any use: I had timber enough to have
built a fleet of ships; and I had grapes enough to have made wine, or to have cured into raisins, to
have loaded that fleet when it had been built.
But all I could make use of was all that was valuable: I had enough to eat and supply my wants, and
what was all the rest to me? If I killed more flesh than I could eat, the dog must eat it, or vermin; if I
sowed more corn than I could eat, it must be spoiled; the trees that I cut down were lying to rot on
the ground; I could make no more use of them but for fuel, and that I had no occasion for but to
dress my food.
In a word, the nature and experience of things dictated to me, upon just reflection, that all the good
things of this world are no farther good to us than they are for our use; and that, whatever we may
heap up to give others, we enjoy just as much as we can use, and no more. The most covetous,
griping miser in the world would have been cured of the vice of covetousness if he had been in my
case; for I possessed infinitely more than I knew what to do with. I had no room for desire, except it
was of things which I had not, and they were but trifles, though, indeed, of great use to me. I had, as
I hinted before, a parcel of money, as well gold as silver, about thirty-six pounds sterling. Alas! there
the sorry, useless stuff lay; I had no more manner of business for it; and often thought with myself
that I would have given a handful of it for a gross of tobacco-pipes; or for a hand-mill to grind my
corn; nay, I would have given it all for a sixpenny-worth of turnip and carrot seed out of England, or
for a handful of peas and beans, and a bottle of ink. As it was, I had not the least advantage by it or
benefit from it; but there it lay in a drawer, and grew mouldy with the damp of the cave in the wet
seasons; and if I had had the drawer full of diamonds, it had been the same case - they had been of
no manner of value to me, because of no use.
I had now brought my state of life to be much easier in itself than it was at first, and much easier to
my mind, as well as to my body. I frequently sat down to meat with thankfulness, and admired the
hand of God?s providence, which had thus spread my table in the wilderness. I learned to look more
upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed
rather than what I wanted; and this gave me sometimes such secret comforts, that I cannot express
them; and which I take notice of here, to put those discontented people in mind of it, who cannot
enjoy comfortably what God has given them, because they see and covet something that He has not
given them. All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of
thankfulness for what we have.
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