Bennett Donahue Mr. McElrath English III Honors 05 September 2014 A Trustworthy Puritan Although De Vaca, Equiano, and Smith were all brave and courageous men, William Bradford, the puritan for the historical narrative “Of Plymouth Plantation,” reveals himself to be most reliable and trustworthy. Bradford demonstrates that he is a strong believer in God, and a selfless leader among men by using emotional diction, biblical allusions, and his religiously based figurative language in order to show his tremendous leadership and his unbreakable loyalty to God and his men. Right off the bat, there is Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. Yes, long name, but with that long
The prominent negative topic written about the most by Equiano was the smell, he describes the smell as, “so intolerably loathsome, that it was dangerous to remain there for any time”(87). He also writes how he is one of the luckier ones, because of his age he is allowed to spend more time above deck away from the putrid smell below deck. Equiano’s story doesn't really compare to William Bradford’s because of the different context that they were written. Equiano was not leaving his home because of choice like Bradford, on the contrary he was forced to leave his home to be a slave to someone in America. Equiano would be the least trustworthy or reliable person out of the four primarily due to the fact that he was not a leader in the least. He is more of a follower, which is unfortunate, but all of his freedom was taken from him the moment that he was captured and put on that ship. Everyone knows Captain John Smith from the famous disney movie Pocahontas, but was he really the kind, trustworthy person that his character was portrayed as in the movie? From the story that Smith writes the answer is no. First of all, he changes the point of view of the story making himself a character which in return makes himself look as if he was a selfless man. He also writes that, “his two men slain”(Smith 98). when he went to go scout out the river ahead. The two men were the only people that went with smith to look up the river, and smith was the only one that returned. This is a reason why Smith is not a trustworthy person because probably killed those two men because he wanted to be in charge of everything. Smith also never prays to god or writes how he is thankful for his men, by doing this it shows that he is loyal and trustworthy to only himself. This makes him a terrible leader because he
lacks the fundamental skills of being a trustworthy person, and everything that he does makes himself look questionable. The last and most reliable explorer is William Bradford. This man truly was a selfless leader, ...