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Unformatted text preview: OConnor 1 Mehgan OConnor English 2823 Professor Coats 8 February 2010 Captain John Smith is a well-known figure in American history; his popularity is typically attributed to the Disney adaptation of his settlement. Where the Disney story of Pocahontas is easy enough for a child to grasp, Smiths letters in The Generall Historie and Works of Capt. John Smith are probably the most difficult and muddled pieces of correspondence from that time. Honestly, his letters could use a modern translation much like the letters written in Spanish. Also like the letters by Cortes, Columbus and Las Casas; Smith uses his writings to establish his view of the ideal explorer. The main attribute that Smith values in an explorer is a work ethic. In his first volume, Smith states, yet worthy is that person; if he have sense, strength, and health. (Volume I, 342) These aspects of a persons character all coincide with their ability to work. He doesnt say that an explorer needs to be smart or wealthy, in fact he outright rebukes wealthy men later in his...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2010 for the course ENGL 2823 taught by Professor Coates during the Spring '10 term at LSU.
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