Robinson Crusoe Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to the hero of Daniel Defoe’s most popular literary work. Celebrated on February 1st. The holiday not only perpetuates the memory of Robinson Crusoe and his history, but also aims to show that even in the most difficult situations one should not lose hope.
Daniel Defoe’s novel is not actually fictional, but based on real events. Once the writer managed to hear a story about Alexander Selkirk, a sailor from Scotland who was alone on the island due to a shipwreck. He had to learn basic survival skills quickly. He fished and also ate plant food. Many berries and fruits grew on the island. Goats could be hunted near the mountains. Alexander lived on the island all alone for several years, until an English ship passed by and rescued him.
This story became the basis of the novel Robinson Crusoe. Despite the apparent simplicity of the plot (in terms of literature), this creation of the author is considered one of the best literary novels in the world. One of the main ideas of the work is never to lose hope. The protagonist did not give up and believed that he would be rescued someday.
- The novel “Robinson Crusoe” is very popular all over the world. Several feature films have been made based on it.
- According to the author himself, the uninhabited island where Robinson Crusoe survived exists, and is located not far from the modern island nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
- The novel is the pinnacle of Daniel Defoe’s work. It reveals the inner world of the main character very well, raises questions about the role of religion for each person.
How to celebrate
Reread this wonderful novel at Robinson Crusoe Day or watch the movies. Find out more interesting information about the contribution that “Robinson Crusoe” made to world literature and what issues are raised in this work.
Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask other users when they first read this novel and how it made them feel.
When is Robinson Crusoe Day celebrated in 2023?
Robinson Crusoe Day is observed on February 1 each year.