Motives in Smith's "General History" Book Review by Nicky

An analysis of Captain John Smith's "Narratives of Early Virginia" in his "General History".
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The paper examines Captain John Smith's "Narratives of Early Virginia" on the New World and the Virginia colony. The paper highlights the tone of the author's narrative and shows how it is hugely influenced by its author's personality and intent, as well as by the time period in which it was created. The paper explains how the text was written for several different purposes and asserts that because of these ulterior motives, this text cannot be entirely trusted. However, the paper points out that if the document is read with knowledge of Smith's background and intentions, it can be very useful.

From the Paper:

"Captain John Smith's "Narratives of Early Virginia" in his General History are much more--and in some ways much less--than a simple history of Jamestown and the issues that the early European settlers faced. They also reveal much about the time period and attitudes that existed among the people there, and a great deal about the author and the circumstances surrounding the writing and publication of this work. Though all texts can reveal certain aspects of their authors' beliefs and attitudes, as well as providing contextual insight into the historical period in which they were created, this is especially true of this history."

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