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12th Mar '15 7:25:13 PM jormis29
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** PopCulturalOsmosis: Most people who haven't read the original book seem to think Friday is black. A famous example, and blatant CriticalResearchFailure, is ToniMorrison's essay "Race-ing Justice, Engendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality."

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** PopCulturalOsmosis: Most people who haven't read the original book seem to think Friday is black. A famous example, and blatant CriticalResearchFailure, is ToniMorrison's Creator/ToniMorrison's essay "Race-ing Justice, Engendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality."
23rd Oct '13 2:10:03 PM MadeOfAxes
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** Crusoe is also very much okay with slavery, as he sells his companion Xury into the service a Portuguese captain (with the promise that Xury will be released in ten years if he converts to Christianity), owns a slave on his plantation, and conducts the voyage which ultimately results in his shipwreck in order to trade for more slaves.
9th Apr '13 4:33:33 PM EarlOfSandvich
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** Also seen in the book's depiction of Friday. It was common in this era for indigenous peoples to be portrayed as simply brute savages (think Shakespeare's [[TheTempest Caliban]]). But Friday is never anything but kind, brave, loyal, handsome, and intelligent - the exact opposite of what you would call savage. He may still be Crusoe's inferior, but he's also an extremely likeable character.

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** Also seen in the book's depiction of Friday. It was common in this era for indigenous peoples to be portrayed as simply brute savages (think Shakespeare's [[TheTempest [[Theatre/TheTempest Caliban]]). But Friday is never anything but kind, brave, loyal, handsome, and intelligent - the exact opposite of what you would call savage. He may still be Crusoe's inferior, but he's also an extremely likeable character.
23rd Jan '13 4:33:42 AM supermagle
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* AssPull: Robinson (as the narrator) does this a LOT. It is probably justified by the age of this work (many literary conventions were not in place in 1719), but it is a bit jarring when Robinson suddenly "remembers" to tell the reader something that occurred earlier, like rescuing a dog and some cats or two additional mutineers coming to the island.
9th Dec '12 2:24:11 PM efay
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** PopCulturalOsmosis: Most people who haven't read the original book seem to think Friday is black. A famous example, and blatant CriticalResearchFail, is ToniMorrison's essay "Race-ing Justice, Engendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality."

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** PopCulturalOsmosis: Most people who haven't read the original book seem to think Friday is black. A famous example, and blatant CriticalResearchFail, CriticalResearchFailure, is ToniMorrison's essay "Race-ing Justice, Engendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality."
9th Dec '12 2:23:46 PM efay
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* RaceLift: Friday is described as a Carib Indian in the book. (This is the tribe the Caribbean was named after. Incidentally, the word "cannibal" comes from the Spanish name for them.) Yet many illustrations and film adaptations over the centuries have portrayed him as everything from African to South Pacific Islander to AmbiguouslyBrown.

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* RaceLift: Friday is described as a Carib Indian in the book. (This is the tribe the Caribbean was named after. Incidentally, the word "cannibal" comes from the Spanish name for them.) Yet many illustrations and film adaptations over the centuries have portrayed him as everything from African to South Pacific Islander to AmbiguouslyBrown.New Guinean.
** PopCulturalOsmosis: Most people who haven't read the original book seem to think Friday is black. A famous example, and blatant CriticalResearchFail, is ToniMorrison's essay "Race-ing Justice, Engendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality."
2nd Dec '12 4:40:50 PM efay
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* HoYay: Crusoe and Friday seem to have this going on, beginning with the fact that they're perfectly happy living on a deserted island alone together for years. Crusoe describes Friday as handsome and often says that he loves him, while Friday would rather die than be separated from his master. Neither ever shows any interest in women. (Crusoe briefly mentions marrying and then becoming a widower all in one sentence, and that's all we ever hear about it.)

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* HoYay: Crusoe and Friday seem to have this going on, beginning with the fact that they're perfectly happy living on a deserted island alone together for years. The first thing Crusoe describes notices about Friday as is that he's a "comely, handsome fellow, perfectly well made, . . . and well-shaped" and often says that rhapsodizes about how much he loves him, while Friday would rather die than be separated from his master. Neither ever shows any interest in women. (Crusoe Crusoe briefly mentions marrying and then becoming a widower all in one sentence, and that's all we ever hear about it.) it. In fact, he never shows much affection for any other character - for example, he never says anything about missing his family during all his time on the island.
2nd Dec '12 4:37:35 PM efay
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** Also seen in the book's depiction of Friday. It was common in this era for indigenous peoples to be portrayed as simply brute savages (think Shakespeare's [[TheTempest Caliban]]). But Friday is never anything but kind, brave, loyal, and intelligent - the exact opposite of what you would call savage. He may still be Crusoe's inferior, but he's also an extremely likeable character.

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** Also seen in the book's depiction of Friday. It was common in this era for indigenous peoples to be portrayed as simply brute savages (think Shakespeare's [[TheTempest Caliban]]). But Friday is never anything but kind, brave, loyal, handsome, and intelligent - the exact opposite of what you would call savage. He may still be Crusoe's inferior, but he's also an extremely likeable character.
2nd Dec '12 4:37:15 PM efay
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** Also seen in the book's depiction of Friday. It was common in this era for indigenous peoples to be portrayed as simply brute savages (think Shakespeare's [[TheTempest Caliban]]. But Friday is never anything but kind, brave, loyal, and intelligent - the exact opposite of what you would call savage. He may still be Crusoe's inferior, but he's also an extremely likeable character.

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** Also seen in the book's depiction of Friday. It was common in this era for indigenous peoples to be portrayed as simply brute savages (think Shakespeare's [[TheTempest Caliban]].Caliban]]). But Friday is never anything but kind, brave, loyal, and intelligent - the exact opposite of what you would call savage. He may still be Crusoe's inferior, but he's also an extremely likeable character.
2nd Dec '12 4:36:39 PM efay
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** Also seen in the book's depiction of Friday. It was common in this era for indigenous peoples to be portrayed as simply brute savages (think Shakespeare's [[TheTempest Caliban]]. But Friday is never anything but kind, brave, loyal, and intelligent - the exact opposite of what you would call savage. He may still be Crusoe's inferior, but he's also an extremely likeable character.
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