Aside from the lack of historical accuracy, Pocahontas still teaches its viewers multiple life lessons. The main lesson for children that comes across is the idea that being an individual should be embraced. All of the Native Americans are quick to hide and prepare for battle when they see that Europeans have started taking over their land. Pocahontas is the only one who gives the Englishmen a chance to talk and share their story as to why they have come here. Pocahontas rebels against her family's wishes and ends up saving John Smith from death and the entire village from a bloody and violent battle. She does follow the herd and embraces her uniqueness
The Pocahontas story is one of assimilation. The true Pocahontas emigrated to England and is buried there. The Disney version of Pocahontas however is far more romantic. In the true story, the daughter of a Native American chief fell in love with the head group leader of English settlers. She risked her own life to save Englishmen John Smith. Thanks to her devotion, smith and the colony of Jamestown survived. This marked the first successful English settlement of the new world. Later on in life she was Baptized to become a Christian. She was then christened by "Lady Rebecca". At first Pocahontas was not accepted by the colonists in the same manner as an Englishwoman would’ve been. One reason is due to her name “Pocahontas” which was of Indian dissent. Eventually she assimilated in society, which serves as an analogy to the real world. This is because in the real world cultures assimilate in nations they’ve immigrated
Pocahontas : Disney vs. History Disney’s Pocahontas is a great movie, but is it historically correct? Well the answer is both yes and no. There are similarities between the history of it and movie, but there’s also differences. Why don 't I tell you about them.
Disney princesses are fun for all ages, but their target audience is young children and “as children grow and develop, they can be easily influenced by what they see and hear”. Therefore, what they see and hear in Disney movies leaves an impression on them. The first princess, Snow White, was created in a time where each gender and race had a specific role in society. Recently, many believe that Disney has come a long way in regards to gender and race since Snow White, as several multi-cultural protagonists have been introduced subsequently, and gender roles do not appear to be as stereotypical as they once were. However, many of the apparent innocent messages about race and gender in these movies, can be exposed as otherwise. Despite
A major contrast between the Disney Stories and movie of Pocahontus, was that they had failed to mention her kidnapping. Pocahontas’ kidnapping was unjust and surprising as it was by the community of the man who would be her husband and later the father to her child, although Pocahontas had already been married since the age of twelve or thirteen to a man named Kocoom. Pocahontas’ early marriage was then ended when her warrior Kocoom had then disappeared, for reasons unknown. After this disappearance, Pocahontas later then married to John Rolfe as she had the choice to choose any man she wanted without the fear of being judged and called cold for her remarriage.
The book is written in narrative flow and shows Pocahontas’s development from a little girl to a grown woman. The author is showing how big of an impact a woman made to her people and culture. Even at the age of nine she was a main concern of her people because her father was Powhatan, the paramount chief. At that time she experienced strangers who came to her father’s kingdom in big ships. As the story progresses, she is more and more as a greatly influential person. Townsend portrays that she is the one who saved John Smith’s life. She also explains who Kocoom is and his relationship ties to Pocahontas.
There are multiple reasons why Walt Disney’s film Pocahontas is not historically accurate. First, when she met John Smith she was aged 11 or 12, in the film her age is bumped up significantly to go along with her and John Smith’s romance. Her age was never given in the film, but you can tell that she is a young adult. In the movie, Pocahontas and John Smith meet instantly due to his ship landing in America. However, they actually met when Smith and two other men were ambushed by Indians. Two months later, after Powhatan decides to murder the men Pocahontas throws herself between John Smith and the attackers causing Powhatan to back off.
As young children we are often misled to believe that the stories and movies we are exposed to are presumably based on factual history, but are in reality myths, keeping the truthful, important, and fair facts hidden. Amonute is an accurate example of learning the real events that occurred in a person’s life while the typical myth of Pocahontas saved an Englishmen from being killed by her father. In the beginning of the book we are briefly introduced to Pocahontas, the Powhatan people and the English colonists. As the book continues we follow Pocahontas when she is kidnapped, her married life, and her trip to London where she got sick because of foreign illnesses and died. Camilla Townsends “Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma” wants Pocahontas’ true story to unfold because she is worthy of respect for her bravery and sacrifice and because “everyone subverted her life to satisfy their own needs to believe that the Indians loved and admired them” (Townsend, pg. xi). I also believe that the author was trying to argue that even though the Englishmen believed that the Native Americans were uncivilized and lived like savages, that instead they were wise people.
4. When I was growing up, Disney's Pocahontas was one of my favorite movies. While I knew that Disney's version of the story was not completely true, I never actually researched John Smith and Pocahontas to learn the truth behind the real story. So, when I read John Smith's letter to the queen this week I was surprised at some of the content. First, I did not know that Pocahontas was so young, only 12 or 13, when she met John Smith. His letter depicts that they were "friends" rather than romantically involved. So, with the idea of the romance between the two depicted by the Disney movie, that fact was bizarre to me. Something else that surprised me was that Pocahontas married John Rolfe, converted to Christianity,
Theres a few reasons Disney would change the facts about Pocahontas. Disney would change the facts about Pocahontas because it would fit better in the movie. For example Pocahontas was 11 years old and smith was 28 years old. These two people kissed in the movie and Disney movies aren't supposed to be full of petioles. They changed the age of Pocahontas so it would be more appropriate for the viewers. Another example is to why Disney changed the facts about Pocahontas is because Disney shouldn't have naked people in a P.G. movie. Pocahontas was a naked child when she visited John Smith in Jamestown. What would be wrong with this picture. There is no P.G. movie that has naked kids in it, this would also be inappropriate for the viewers.
John Smith was born in 1580, so he might have been a 27 year old blond and ruggedly handsome young man, but it is doubtful. But as for Pocahontas, she was born in 1595 and probably around the age of 11 or 12 when she first met John Smith in 1607. Pocahontas, when meeting John Smith, being such a small, young girl, not a woman, was not likely to have yet come into the womanly figure that the Walt Disney Company animated, if ever at all. Images of Pocahontas portray her as being shorter and plumper than the Barbie doll figure Disney gave her on screen. The clothing that Disney draws the characters wearing, especially Pocahontas, even rings of falsities because it was customary for them to have loose cloths draped over them. Pocahontas’ level of beauty is often questioned and really not known, but it is known that John Rolfe, not John Smith, fell madly in love with her, so there had to have been something beautiful about this Indian woman or “savage” as he called her when writing to ask permission to marry her.
Slide 3: Walt Townsend’s depiction paints a clear view that this story is just that: a story. She adds that Pocahontas and John Smith did in fact come in contact but much different from that of the Disney film.
Disney was justified in making this movie about Pocahontas. It was justified because the entertainment industry needs to do what they have to make money. The first point that I am making is that kids don’t have a long attention span. The people at Disney need to make everything exaggerated
Barker write the lines of Pocahontas as she talks to Nima, her attendant about not being a Native anymore in the lines: “O Nima! I will use my bow no longer; I go out to the wood, and my heart is light; but while my arrow flies, I sorrow; and
Pocahontas and the Mythical Indian Woman Pocahontas. Americans know her as the beautiful, Indian woman who fell in love with the white settler John Smith and then threw her body upon the poor white captive to protect him from being brutally executed by her own savage tribe. The magical world of Walt Disney came out with their own movie version several years ago portraying Pocahontas as a tan, sexy Barbie doll figure and John Smith as a blond-haired, blue-eyed muscular Ken doll. Although Disney attempts to instill racial tolerance, inter-racial friendship, and nonviolent resolutions in Pocahontas, they contribute to the inaccurate Indian woman stereotype that has evolved from such stories. While it can be argued that Disney has