Robinson Crusoe is the story of the titular castaway. Shipwrecked after a disastrous voyage, the Englishman survives on the bare edge of death on a deserted island. While there, he confronts a mutinous crew, cannibals, wild animals, and other dangers. The story is told through letters, speeches, and other literary devices that would become popular fixtures of realistic fiction. It is one of the earliest examples of a shipwrecked narrative.