Pocahontas In Pocahontas the English Colonists and Native Americans are discovering one another. The movie explores the cultures through the new and, sometimes skewered, perception of the other culture. The love story between John Smith and Pocahontas presents an understanding relationship between the races. They are the first two characters to overcome their fear of the unknown and form a relationship; however most of this is built on a magical ability to understand each others languages. The love between Smith and Pocahontas allows for both characters to learn the others cultures.Pocahontas listens to Smith talk about civilization, houses and England when he tries to assert his culture. However, after his eager attempt Pocahontas points out the fundamentals of her culture as well.
Smith learns about the respect for nature the Native Americans have and their importance of connection to spirits and the earth. An example is the Grandmother Willow tree, a symbol of the spirit world. Still these lovers are opposite from the tribe and the settlers who are both preparing for battle upon meeting. This call to arms had been set up by the death of Cocoon who had caught Smith and Pocahontas together and attempted to kill Smith.Thomas, another settler kills Cocoon to protect Smith, however, smith is still captured and sentenced to death in the morning by the Native Americans. When the Native Americans are about to club Smiths head in with a rock Pocahontas throws herself on top of him to protect him. Her father the chief is moved by this compassion and so are the white men who had been ready to kill to get Smith back. Governor Retractile, the leader of the white settlers, takes the opportunity to shoot the hive but Smith sacrifices himself by Jumping in front of the bullet.
He is only wounded and Retractile is immediately imprisoned by the Settlers.The settlers, not having found their gold, return to England taking the wounded John with them. Before he has to leave for medical reasons, John says goodbye to Pocahontas and expressing his love for her. This cute love story told by Disney is highly inaccurate.
For starters, in the movie, both John Smith and Pocahontas are portrayed as being the same general age. In reality, Pocahontas was about eleven and John Smith was approximately thirty. The mantic love story was also a tale. Although John Smith and Pocahontas are depicted as being in love, they were actually Just friends with absolutely no love interest.Pocahontas spent a lot of time around Jamestown with the white settlers, though. She actually married John Role, who is not even in the movie. In John Smith’s Journal, he writes about being captured by Phaeton as opposed to Just natives in general. The Disney movie hardly compares to John Smith’s Journal entrees; the struggles are over-simplified and seen through rose-colored glasses.
The death toll of the encounter is much lower than it was in history. Native Americans in the movie are given accurately the role of those who are persecuted for what was initially theirs.The settlers come, take their land and develop an attitude of violence due to the fact that they are interested in gold above all else. This shows place. In that respect, the movie sort of followed the story line of “greedy Americans,” but not nearly to the extent in which it was. The Disney version, while having a happy ending, does not give an accurate portrayal of historical facts. As an idea aimed at giving little kids a sensational love story that overcomes the odds, Pocahontas does well. It even goes further by making the characters risk themselves for someone of a different culture.
Its theme of tolerance and understanding over violence is commendable as well for its audience. Historically, however, the plot is quite different from facts, therefore, the story changes very much. There are a few lines in the movie that I think really explain how different the white settlers are from the natives. For instance, Mimi think you own whatever land you and on,” is exactly how the white settlers acted! “Colors of the Wind,” in my personal opinion, portrays the feelings of the natives toward the settlers when they rive until they are gone.Even looking back on history, a few quotes from that specific song helped me to think about how different their outlooks on life and their goals in life are. Disney sugar coats many things; however Pocahontas might be the most embellished. Although it is not accurate, it is a digestible for children of the age who would typically be watching this.
The relationships are changed to make the film more appropriate for a family show. Is it really worth it to give these kind of stories after sacrificing so much of the historical accuracy?