Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper Essay

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Synopsis
Ghost Hawk is about the experiences of two young men named Little Hawk and John Wakeley, who grow up in different environments yet are trapped in the same conflict between the Englishmen and the Indians in the American Indian Wars.
Plot Summary The story began when a Indian man took out a tomahawk blade and twisted two slim branches from a small bitternut hickory tree on a salt marsh around the blade. Eleven years later, the same man chopped down the same tree and gave the finished tomahawk to his son, Little Hawk. He informed him that he was going to go through a ritual that required him to survive three months in the woods alone. When he returns, Little Hawk will finally prove himself as a man. The tomahawk is one of the things
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John just stood in shock. Two Englishmen came out the trees, one was named Daniel Smith and the other was named Walter Kelly. They had thought Little Hawk was attacking John so they killed him. They threw Little Hawk’s body aside, and started hacking at the branch to free John’s father. John began to cry and shrieked at the men, saying that Little Hawk was just trying to help. John started to grow a sense of hatred towards the two Englishmen. People carried John’s father away in a litter and nobody noticed John taking Little Hawk’s tomahawk and sliding it under his jacket. That night, John’s father died. Soon after, Daniel Smith married John’s mother. One year later, Daniel sent John away to be an apprentice to a cooper named Master Medlycott. On the way, he met a pretty girl named Huldah Bates who was going to live with the Kelly household and help the mistress there. When John arrived to the Medlycott household, Master Medlycott greeted him and gave him tasks to do. The schedule was same every week. On Sundays, John and the Medlycotts went to the meetinghouse for a sermon. John rarely had the chance to speak to Huldah Bates but they exchanged smiles in the meetinghouse. One Sunday, a preacher named Roger Williams arrived at the meetinghouse and talked about freedom of religion and stated that everyone are all brothers and sisters, including the Indians. This disturbed many
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