Essay about Disney's Whitewashing of Pocahontas

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In 1995, Disney produced a romanticized version of relationships between early Native Americans and Europeans in the film, Pocahontas. It is controversial whether this movie was intended to enlighten children about the beginning of America in a story-like manner, or a way to conceal a dark past and brainwash future generations with this illusion of a happy beginning to the United States of America. In order to make the Pocahontas and John Smith love myth suitable for children, it is understandable that Disney needed to alter the story. However, Disney's version of the Pocahontas myth is not only altered for the sake of violence, racial content, and ethnic content, it is also altered to be more appealing to Americans and to…show more content…
For example, in Disney's film The Lion King, which was produced three years before Pocahontas, there was both verbal and physical fighting among characters. In Disney's Mulan, the plot of the movie is a young woman who disguises her sex in order to join the military and fight for her country, and several war scenes are shown. Therefore, physical violence could not be a possible reason why the Pocahontas film was altered from reality. In addition to blanketing the violence that occurred between these two cultures, Disney also hid aspects of the realistic Powhatan culture. For example, the Powhatan language was completely absent from the movie. Of course, the main plot of the story must be in English, but the slightest interactions in the native Algonkian tongue of the Powhatans would be a way to include the Native American culture, accurately. Also, the interaction among each other in the tribe was the same interaction seen in American society today. Pocahontas is made to be quite liberal, as she roams around the river area alone, where she is not allowed. Also similar to American family relationships, she rebels against her father's wishes and does not have an interest in Kacuom, the man her father wants her to have an interest in. Pocahontas's rebellion makes the movie more interesting for an American audience, but drifts away from accurate history. While some aspects of Native American culture

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