Throughout the narrative, Crusoe demonstrates a strong tendency towards seeking domination or mastery of his own life, of his environment or property, and of servants and native peoples. At the same time, he seems compelled to certain acts of compassion or consideration, such as his relationship with his neighboring plantation owner before going to sea once again.
How can we reconcile these dissonant traits of the need to control and the impulse to give to or act kindly towards those he perceives as his social inferiors?
Is Crusoe just an imperialistic self-styled lord of all he surveys, or a severely traumatized, insecure refugee filling a psychological need to have control over his unpredictable circumstances?
Is that to fine a distinction to make?