Project #11676 - American Literature

The Algonquian Confederaxy Speech, 1609 (author: Powhatan)

Why will you take by force what you may obtain by love? Why will you destroy us who supply you with food? What can you get by war?… We are unarmed, and willing to give you what you ask, if you come in a friendly manner…

I am not so simple as not to know it is better to eat good meat, sleep comfortably, live quietly with my women and children, laugh and be merry with the English, and being their friend, trade for their copper and hatchets, than to run away from them…

Take away your guns and swords, the cause of all our jealousy, or you may die in the same manner.

Questions:

1. What do you think the purpose of Powhatan's speech is?

2. The reader does not know the relationship between the Algonquians and the settles at the time of the speech. After reading the speech, can you infer, or guess, what is the relationship might be? What words are used in the speech to support your ideas?

3. What are five things Powhatan describes as part of a good life?

4. What do you think would happen to those parts of life if Powhatan is unable to achieve peace?

5. Despite peaceful nature of the speech, what warning does Powhatan give in the last sentence?

6. What rhetorical question does Powhatan ask?

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 09/03/2013 08:00 am
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