Christopher Columbus has been viewed as both a positive historical hero and someone who was selfish and brought harm and misfortune to the Indians to benefit the white men. When flipping through a history textbook or sitting through a high school history course Columbus is viewed as a hero who embarked on many expeditions that helped others as well as brought people together with an abundance of goods. God, glory, gold, government, and geography motivated Columbus on his voyages. Columbus discovered land that he believed to be the Indies, which is what led him to identifying the natives as Indians. The people Columbus met were welcoming to Columbus and his men although they didn’t have the spices that were originally expected and needed.
Smith used his narrative to glorify himself. “Himself always bearing the greatest task for his own share, so that in short time he provided most of the lodging, neglecting himself…” (Smith, 74) Bradford’s narrative was the most historically accurate through his real-life description. Bradford did not cover up the disasters of his colonists or their journey. “If they died, let them die.” (Bradford, 82) Smith described how the Native Americans were afraid of them. “The savages having drawn from George Cassen were gone.” (Smith, 75) In Bradford’s colony, the Native Americans and colonists had a powerful relationship as Samoset and Squanto were the reasons behind the colonists survival.
Massa Tom Lea represents all the beliefs and values of the Rational Era because he finds truth through reason, importance through his individual self, and he believed that the idea of Patriotism grows over time. Massa Tom Lea is obviously the Devil in disguise. A rapist slave-owner who didn 't care about anyone but himself. I guess thats all that was around back in the day with most white slave-owners. He valued importance in his individual self and whoever worked for him got nothing but bad treatments.
In the novel A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J Gaines, Grant is a main character that has a lot of influence over the people in his community. Some might even consider him a hero. I believe that Grant is a hero because he helps Jefferson become a man, changes himself for the better, and wants to continue changing the community. Over the course of the novel, Grant helps Jefferson become the man that he needs to be in order to walk to his death with honor. When Grant first begrudgingly went to visit Jefferson in prison Jefferson was in a really low state.
The narrator states, “…Salva was slowly weakening…step by step.” This quote symbolizes Salvas build up to a man, “What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger.” Said the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Salva is a transformed person by the end of the book. He has gone from a fortunate child to a refugee forced to flee his “village” to a man of great compassion and thoughtfulness to others. At the start of the novel, Salva is a fortunate child. The narrator says, “Salva’s father was a very successful man as he owned many cattle and worked as their villages judge an honored and respected position.” This meant that Salva could have many fantastic experiences that most could not.
Anderson, being a freed man now and having his own life, still feels that he should respect his old master and be grateful for his previous life. “Many darkies would have been proud, as I used to be, to call you master.” However, as the letter goes on it is clear that Anderson is able to recognize what his freedom entails him for now. “We trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you for generations without recompense.” It is here that Anderson states that his old master failed to pay him for the years he spent at his
Jack London had been an American novelist and is known for works such as The Call of the Wild, which McCandless greatly admired. Chris McCandless had greatly admired Jack London, going as far as carving “Jack London is King” at what came to be the site of his death. The Jack London quote used in the epigraph describes a scene in the forest but uses bitter imagery- yet somehow still romanticises it. “Alex” was unable to ever see past the facade London had built- given that London had hardly ever spent time in the wild himself and most definitely nowhere near as intense as Alaska. This chapter had described how he had been found and this quote leads back to that because though Chris was intelligent, he did not understand that London had to make nature sound beautiful.
“Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706 (January 6, 1705, in the old style calendar) of very humble origins, origins that always struck Franklin himself as poor.”(Wood,17) He proved throughout his life that he was quite the renaissance man, showing expertise in many professions and fields from Author to Inventor. Franklin proved time and time again that he was intellectually capable of doing pretty much anything. Franklin's status of being a founding father has proven how much of a staple he was in finding the United States of America. Even though he was never President of the United States, In 1753 Franklin became a royal officeholder, deputy postmaster general, in charge of mail in all the northern colonies (Encyclopedia Britannica). Something I found interesting in my research was that “in 1774, Benjamin Franklin was dismissed as joint postmaster general for the Crown because he was judged too sympathetic to the colonies.”(USPS).
First of all, Jamestown was mostly a male populated colony because they all worked independently with one goal in mind which was to become prosperous off of tobacco. Unlike Jamestown, Plymouth was a family oriented community and always worked together to accomplish many tasks. Jamestown and Plymouth both had English leaders. Jamestown had John Smith and Plymouth had William Bradford. John Smith was more of a strict leader rather than Bradford because he wanted his people to work for their
But one of the obvious characteristics of the romantic age is that the rebel character, common man, and an outcast are glorified. Robinson Crusoe is a common man who disobeys his father and escapes from the house to go on business. The key point is that Defoe portrays his, somewhat humanist, beliefs in human potentialities and powers through this ordinary character; it implies that every man can be success like Crusoe, although they have to get through some sufferings, if they do their best in living. Crusoe uses his ability, plus Puritan work ethics, to trade and do agriculture. He is a successful merchant.