Personal separation is a prevalent theme in both The Tempest and Robinson Crusoe due to the fact that being alone allows the characters to look deep within themselves and their surroundings for the answer to present questions.
Last week when reading The Tempest, I noticed how separation was a major role in allowing the characters to question their own identity. This week when reading Robinson Crusoe, I noticed much the same ideal in that separation is a rampant theme in the text due to the fact that the story depicts the life of main character, Robinson Crusoe, after being shipwrecked and left to either succeed favorably on the island or face his demise. The latter idea is seen mostly in the beginning of the text, much the same as The Tempest, because of the fact that Robinson feels that he is “divided from mankind -a solitaire; one banished from human society” (Defoe 48). Similarly, the shipwrecked members in The Tempest feel that they are alone and left to survive, yet also blessed that they seemingly survived the horrible storm. Once Crusoe views the current state of seperation as fortunate, he begins to look towards “the invisible Power which alone directs such things” (Defoe 64) as having blessed his life and impacted it for the preferable.
Both texts show how separation on an island is sometimes favorable and also can be seen as an advantage for some that can learn the ways of survival (such as Robinson and Prospero/Miranda). Separation on both islands also serve as an outlet for time to question and think about personal roles in life and what exactly is important. Robinson Crusoe and The Tempest show how separation can be ideal in situations where questioning yourself can lead to the improvement of oneself and personal ideals concerning life.