Analysis Of The Movie ' Pocahontas '

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Pocahontas was a film released in 1995 by Walt Disney Pictures. The purpose of the film was to create a historical fictional story based on the John Smith’s efforts to establish a colony in the area that is now known as Jamestown, Virginia. In the film, Pocahontas is the daughter of her village’s chief, and she is at first afraid to learn of the arrival of the English explorers. However, after meeting John Smith after a chance encounter, the two recognize that their societies can coexist and that the Native Americans do not need to be viewed as a threat to the English colonists (Edgerton et al. 90). The two try to convince their respective parties that there is no need for conflict, which is ultimately expected to bring peace to their two…show more content…
She also asks Nakoma, her best friend, about which decisions she should make. Ultimately, Pocahontas finds that her opinions about the new European settlers are unique and that she is responsible for her own thoughts and actions. She also must determine how to help her tribe understand that it is preferential for them to befriend the settlers rather than fight them. These scenes allow Pocahontas to emphasize her individuality and the level of risk that she is willing to take to fight for what she believes to be right. In reality, the story of Pocahontas and John Smith working together to bring peace to the Jamestown colony is not completely true. In fact, Pocahontas’ real name was Matoaka. According to the facts of this story that have been documented by historians, the woman that is known as Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, the chief of the tribe that inhabited the area renamed Jamestown, Virginia. However, Pocahontas was Matoaka’s nickname as a child. The name Pocahontas was given to her since she was challenging for adults to control. Another difference was that she was raised in her mother’s village, but sent to live with her father when she was nearly grown (Gould 99). She was considered to be her father’s favorite, and many of her brothers and sisters were selected to rule neighboring tribes. Therefore, Disney was partially correct with their portrayal of Pocahontas
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