The Rescuer and the Murderer. Religious Beliefs and Social Conduct in "The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner" and "Robinson Crusoe"
Essay from the year 2019 in the subject Didactics - English - Literature, Works, grade: 1, National University of Ireland, Galway, language: English, abstract: The question of religion is one that necessarily brings with it a series of issues related to the understanding of morality and of social conduct. The protagonists of The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner and of Robinson Crusoe are both characters which seem to have come, although upon different terms, into a privileged relationship with God. Here I want to explore how the awareness of their privileged spiritual status influences the way they perceive themselves and the way they relate to the members of their society. We will see also how Robert Wringhim and Robinson Crusoe actually respond to two opposite moral codes which stem from their different ability for self-analysis and genuine introspection.