History Of Virgini Fact Vs. Fiction Essay
The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution.
J. K. Rowling
When the name John Smith has been heard the brain automatically replays the epic love story of a dashing and brave Englishman and his beautiful and spiritual Native American love. In the story Smith is nearly killed by the chief of Pocahontas’s tribe, who incidentally happens to be the girl’s father. Pocahontas then endangers her own life and risks her father’s wrath by jumping in front of the executioner for her hero and thus begins an epic story that inspired not one, but two Disney movies. The truth though is that so much of the story, the true story of Pocahontas has been manipulated and changed not only by the fiction of the current day, but by the Hero himself, John Smith. Smith has long been known as a hero and while that may be true, it is also true that John Smith was more than long known as a boastful and prideful person and his gift for story-telling and stretching the truth has made both Smith and the Native American Maiden Pocahontas household names and fictional heroes. In fact Smith has credited no less than three ladies of considerable standing, including Pocahontas, who was considered a princess of the British Empire, for saving his life. (Tremblay, 122) Where did it start then? Where did John Smith begin and the truth of his life end? Did Pocahontas truly harbor feelings for a man who was twice her age…