The novel Robinson Crusoe is a fictional autobiography of a young man named Robinson Crusoe who dreams of going on sea voyages. Defying his father, Crusoe sets out on an adventure that was to change his life. On the journey, misfortune strikes, and Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked. The rest of the book tells us how Crusoe learns to live his life on a deserted island for many years.
On one level, the novel can be read as a simple adventure tale, but it also raises profound questions about moral and spiritual values, society and human nature.