The length of the new document, compare to the original one, demonstrates the excessive amount of detail that DaFoe’s novel includes alluding to the meticulousness of Robinson Crusoe, as well as aiding Dafoe in portraying this work of fiction as non-fiction. Also, the excessive detailing aids in presenting Crusoe’s tale as a cautionary one, particularly in its themes about religion and Providence. Both of these goals are shown from the onset, as the preface states to the reader, “This story is told with modesty, with seriousness, and with a religious application of events to the uses to which wise men always apply them(viz.) to the instruction of others by this example, and to justify and honor the wisdom of Providence… The editor believes the thing to be a just history of fact” (3). Where I find errors in the NER is with when identifying certain concepts and religious references. These errors include calling the Bible a location, Heaven as an organization, the character Friday as a date, Providence as a location, Benamuckee as a person, and Christ as a location. However, NER is also able to demonstrate the idea of organizing some abstract and religious concepts as organizations, such as the Word of God, Nature (as it relates to Providence), His (as a reference to God), and Spirit of God as an organization. Therefore, while the NER did work for most of the items listed, it could not grasp others and I am interested in seeing how this plays out in the future and what other items NER labels as Organizations.
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