Friday: is the "savage" inhabitant of the mainland opposite Crusoe's island who arrives there as a prisoner of his fellow "savages," brought to be slaughtered in a cannibalistic ritual. Crusoe delivers Friday from this fate, and Friday professes undying gratitude and loyalty. Crusoe comes to regard the man and to depend upon him as "my man Friday." Like Crusoe, Friday has become an iconic character, whose very name is a byword for a "right hand man" (or woman, as in the title of the 1940 film His Girl Friday). He typifies the Western intellectual tradition's conceit of the "noble savage"-who, despite his "uncivilized" and "barbarous" ways, is a good, lofty spirit (seen, for example, in Friday's affection for his father), lacking only direction from a more "civilized" and advanced instructor. One of the startling effects to modern readers, however, of Crusoe's "civilization" of Friday is the fact that Friday begins to demonstrate some of the same less-than-desirable attitudes and actions of Crusoe. This process reaches its fullest development in Friday's taunting treatment of the bear in the novel's final pages, laughing at the animal and even making it dance before he dispatches it with a gunshot. Friday's character and the way in which Crusoe shapes it thus raise questions about the true nature of "savagery" and "civilization" for the readers of Robinson Crusoe.
Although other, supporting characters also populate this novel's pages-Crusoe's father, the ship captain under whom Crusoe first sails, the Spaniard ship captain and his mutinous crew, Crusoe's widowed sisters, Friday's father-they remain two-dimensional at best. The only other compelling and ambiguous character in the novel is, in fact, Providence-that is to say, God. The novel is, as its preface announces, an extended meditation upon the workings of Providence, which Crusoe at times (and in the final analysis) regards as benevolent; but which at other times-for example, in moments of despair such as the loss of his canoe-he regards as anything but. Enough dissonance reverberates through the text that readers are left to conclude for themselves whether God as a character in Robinson Crusoe is beneficent or not.
Minor character :
- First English Captain : honest, kind ,generous , a good teacher.
- Turkish Captain : shrewd , kind
- Spaniard : adaptable , grateful , kind , far-sighted
- Second English Captain: honest , generous, a survivor, intelligent ,grateful , a man of honour, courageous