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Explain the Following: What Actions of Robinson Crusoe Make Us See Him as a Typical Coloniser. - Social Science

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Explain the following:
What actions of Robinson Crusoe make us see him as a typical coloniser.

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Robinson Crusoe’s actions that make us see him as a typical coloniser are many. Shipwrecked on an island inhabited by coloured people, Crusoe treats them as inferior beings. He is portrayed as “rescuing” a native and then making him a slave. He gives him the name Friday, without even caring to ask for his name. Colonised people were seen as barbaric and primitive, and colonialism became their self-professed civiliser. Crusoe was a direct representation of this ideology of colonisers.

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