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By Daniel Defoe

The lifestyles, Adventures and Piracies of the well-known Captain Singleton (1720) is a unique via Daniel Defoe. it truly is believed to were in part encouraged by way of the exploits of English pirate Henry Every.

The narrative describes the lifetime of an Englishman, stolen from a well-to-do relatives as a baby and raised through Gypsies who finally makes his approach to sea.

One half the booklet issues Singleton's crossing of Africa and the later part matters his existence as a pirate within the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Defoe's description of piracy focuses for the main half on issues of economics and logistics, making it an interesting if no longer rather gripping learn. Singleton's pirate behaves extra like a service provider adventurer, possibly Defoe's touch upon the mercantilism of his day.

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While the Nekyia does far less than the Phaeacian episode to question the gender hierarchy that formed an inextricable part of the heroic code, it reveals the nature of male anxiety for women舗s sexual faith. When Odysseus awakens from his dream-like voyage on the shore of his own island, he fails to recognize the place, asking: 舠To what men舗s land am I come now? 舡 (p. 162). While the mists of Athene have produced the mariner舗s confusion, his questions do not vanish with their dissipation. Is Ithaca the ordered kingdom he left behind or a new realm of incurable savagery?

The work thus sets the pattern of fabulous travel narratives from Dante舗s Commedia to The Wizard of Oz to the revealingly titled 2001: A Space Odyssey. The tale suggests the upper and lower bounds of (particularly masculine) behavior when Odysseus carries human custom into the semidivine worlds of the Phaeacians and the Cyclopes, whose common descent from Poseidon emphasizes their equal but opposite distance from normal reality. The victory Odysseus wins over the much larger, much stronger herdsman Polyphemus reflects the widespread belief of ancient agricultural societies that tilling the land marked the boundary between the civilized and the savage, superior and inferior.

Stock phrases, types of episodes, and repeated phrases舒such as 舠early, rose-fingered dawn舡舒bear the mark of epic storytelling. Scholars agree, too, that this tale of the Greek hero Odysseus舗s journey and adventures as he returned home from Troy to Ithaca is a work of the greatest historical significance and, indeed, one of the foundations of Western literature. C. (approximate dates)1650-1400The Mycenaean period, also known as the Bronze Age because bronze is widely used in weaponry, comes into flower.

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