An Analysis Of William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation

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Have you ever read a very important document from the 1600s, probably not by yourself anyways. Well when you read them you realize that they are very interesting pieces of writing, if you can understand them. For example, “Of Plymouth Plantation” is a piece of writing that shows how people came to new land. The “Of Plymouth Plantation” is a very engaging piece of writing because it states what they believed, how they survived but, it is also very boring because poor word choice, and the runon-sentences. “In september of 1620, 102 pilgrims set sail, many were part of a religious congregation. When they were at sea they had to deal with many storms, so they were tested on what they believe. For example “In sundry of these storms the winds were so fierce, and the seas so high, as they could not bear a knot of sail, but were forced to hull, for diverse day together. And in one of them, as they thus lay at hull, in a mighty storm, a lusty young man coming upon some occasion…show more content…
Following this further, Bradford stated that “As this calamity fell among the passengers that were to be left here to plant, and were hasted ashore and made to drink water, that the seaman might have more beer, and one in his sickness desiring but a small can of beer, it was answered that he were their own father he should have none..” There are so many other ways to state that statement. In other words this statement tells you that the men who were sick were sent to sea and drank beer. Do you see how that was explained in a lot less words. In addition it was stated “he told them also of another Indian whose name was Squanto.”(63) It would have been so much better to read that through if they stated, he told them about another Indian named Squanto. They didn’t have to add all those extra words to make the sentence complete, but you do have to remember that this was written in the
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