Contrasting William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation And John Smith's A Description Of New England

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Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford and A Description of New England by John Smith are essentially irrelevant to one another in the way that each piece has a very different point of view. The author John Smith was a pilgrim who arrived in the Americas and wrote a description of the new land. William Bradford was also a pilgrim who arrived at Plymouth and wrote more about the realities of his personal journey. The purpose of this essay is to contrast the purposes of the writers, their intended audiences, and how each writer gives out a specific feeling.
Smith’s and Bradford’s individual descriptions are simply two categories; fiction and nonfiction. Smith’s intention for his audience is that the new land is everything you can wish for without a single fight. Smith starts by describing the content and pleasure that risking your life for getting your own piece of land brings to people. He is luring his audience in by telling that it is a wonderful world of vast food and gratification. Smith wants his audience to be more of the joyful individuals who look for the good in everything and everyone and receive a positive reaction. Bradford on the other hand has dissimilar intentions. He doesn’t want to lure his audience in but, inform them of the realistic difficulties of how the pilgrims actually lived during that period of time. Bradford wants his audience to be individuals who can emotionally relate to his cruel struggles and to obtain a more intellectual and real response.
Both writers are clearly divergent from each other. It seems as if they arrived in completely different lands by the...

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