The Swiss Family Robinson
By: Johann Rudolf Wyss
The novel The Swiss Family Robinson is about a family who is shipwrecked on a desert island. It is set in the early 1800's in tropical America. The novel begins on a ship where the family is being battered by a storm. After the ship gets wedged in between rocks, all the crewman jump off the ship into lifeboats. Only the narrator, his wife Elizabeth, his children Fritz, Jack, Ernest, and Francis and the animals are left on the ship because they were too slow.
They sail to the mainland next morning in casks. Once they get onto shore, they start building a tent, which they later name Tent House. Later on, they find a monkey carrying her child on her back. The dog instantly attacked the mother and killed her, while the child jumped onto Fritz's back. They decided to name the monkey Master Nip.
One day, they decided to move their house to somewhere cooler and safer. So, they went into the forest and picked a tree to build a giant tree house in. They named the tree house Falcon's Nest.
After a long hard winter, they decided they needed somewhere more sheltered to stay during the winter. They finally found a cliff wall that they started to dig into. After digging for a bit, they discovered a salt cave hidden beneath the rock. They named the cave Rock Castle.
Ten long years pass. One day, they see an English ship sail by. They fire their guns to attract the ship's attention. When the ship docks, the family and the ship trade goods. However, Fritz and Jack would like to go to Europe. Therefore, the parents sent Fritz and Jack to Europe in exchange for another family who wished to stay on the island with them.
The characters is the novel The Swiss Family Robinson were developed very well. I understood their personalities well by the end of the novel. My favorite character is the narrator, because he is extremely smart, funny, caring, and creative.
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