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Analysis Of The Mayflower And The Pilgrims´ New World By Nathaniel Philbrick

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The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World, by Nathaniel Philbrick (winner of the Massachusetts Book Award) is a captivating historical novel that explores the account of the Pilgrims and their involvement in the New World. It is a story of the Puritans (who would later become the Pilgrims), as they travel to the New World, a place they can hope to worship their God in the way they want to without any persecution and/or animosity from their fellow man since no European nation was safe for them. While reading Philbrick’s novel I (and most likely many other readers), compared the historical text in The Mayflower to how we personally see the world today. Furthermore, I learned from the text of The Mayflower, my views were challenged within the confines of the text, and though it might not address my problems on a personal level—it still addresses things that are considered important to not just me, but people around the world.
The one thing that was consistently illustrated in The Mayflower was determination. It is with determination that the Puritans were able to escape a life of maltreatment in Europe. They even went as far as becoming part of a company called The Adventurers, to raise money for their voyage to the New World. Furthermore, it was through their willpower (and help from local Indians) that they were able to survive a desolate area, filled with the unburied bodies of Indians who perished to diseases that were brought by the explorers years ago. In this bizarre and somewhat terrifying setting, the Puritans had to try to stay alive. This relates to how I see the world because in my eyes, one can get nowhere without determination and willpower. It was due to those two things (and an investment by The Adventurers), that allowed the Puritans to have a chance to live as they see fit. Moreover, The Mayflower showed how the Puritans gradually lost their attention on spiritual beliefs and became preoccupied by the prospects of wealth. This would later lead them into conflict with local Indian tribes. This exemplifies my view of how, “money is the root of all evil,” and by what means people are willing to acquire it, even if it makes them distracted from their previous goals and later turns them into hypocrites. By the end of the novel I believed the Puritans/Pilgrims to be what people today would call terrorists, as they used force to advance their ideological/political aims....

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