Analyzing John Smith In "The General History Of Vi

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Although John Smith wrote From the General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles, it was originally credited to Thomas Studley, who was the chief storekeeper of the colony. Years later Smith not only added his name to the work, but also the names of Robert Fenton and Edward Harrington. However, both Studley and Harrington died early within the first year of being in the new world in 1607. Nothing of Robert Fenton is really known, leaving John Smith as the most contributing author. It is possible that John Smith added the names of these other men to provide credibility to his work. He needed this credibility because it was well known that he wasn’t very well liked throughout the encampment. He was placed under arrest while on the journey to the new world. He was charged with the loss of two soldiers on his way back to Jamestown from Powhatan’s village. He would have been hanged for this offense if a ship full of supplies didn’t arrive from England at this time. When he finally did leave Virginia in 1609, it was because a bag of gun powder mysteriously exploded in his lap while he was taking a nap. Smith wanted his readers back in England to see him as a brave explorer and a good man. To boost his image, he wrote very highly of himself. John Smith wanted his readers to understand what a selfless, competent leader he was, see how moral he was, realize what a brave man he was, and notice that he was in high favor with God. Not only did John Smith want people to know what a great leader he was, he wanted to be known as a self-sacrificing leader who served others. This can be seen when he insults the president of Jamestown saying: The new President and Martin, being little beloved, of weak judgment in dangers, and less industry in peace, committed the managing of all the things abroad to Captain Smith: who by his own example, good words,

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