Summary of “A Shipwrecked Sailor”

Book Name : Bliss English Textbook For Class IX Second Language
Subject : Bliss
Class : 9th (Madhyamik/WB)
Publisher : Prof. Nabanita Chatterjee
Chapter Name : A Shipwrecked Sailor (11th chapter)

About the author

Daniel Defoe was an English writer and journalist who lived from 1660 to 1731. He is most well-known for his novel Robinson Crusoe, but he also wrote pamphlets and journals on a variety of topics. Defoe was a prolific and versatile writer, and his works have had a lasting impact on English literature. He was known for his realistic and immersive writing style, and his ability to create memorable and relatable characters.

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Introduction of the story

The following text is adapted from a section of Daniel Defoe’s famous novel ‘Robinson Crusoe: and tells us how Crusoe, after being shipwrecked found himself on a dismal island. It also gives us an inspiring account of how he makes the island habitable with his hard work.

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Summary of the story

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Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked on a desolate island where he was the only survivor. He had no food, clothes or shelter and feared for his life. With only a few supplies from the wreckage, he made a tent and a fence for protection. He had to find a way to mark time, so he notched the days on a post. He also made small wooden boxes to keep his provisions dry. He discovered green barley growing on the island, which he used to provide himself with food and security. Robinson fell ill for a while but recovered and later found fruit trees and a brook with pleasant meadows. Although tempted to move to a more fertile valley, he decided to stay near the shore in case he could be rescued. He made a lamp and started to keep a journal of his daily activities. One year later, he realized he had spent 365 days on the island.

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The character of the story

The main character is Robinson Crusoe, a shipwrecked sailor who is alone and struggling to survive on a deserted island. He is resourceful, and reflective, and keeps a journal to document his experiences. Through his challenges, Robinson learns to appreciate the simple things in life and becomes more self-sufficient.

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The theme of the story

The theme of the story is survival and resilience in the face of adversity. Robinson Crusoe, a shipwrecked sailor, must find a way to survive on a deserted island with limited resources and no hope of immediate rescue. Through determination, resourcefulness, and ingenuity, he manages to build a shelter, find food and water, and create a system for keeping track of time.

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