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Default Leben und Schicksale der Pokahuntas - The Life and Fates of Pokahuntas

Leben und Schicksale der Pokahuntas
The Life and Fates of Pokahuntas
Carl Scheibler (1781)



As Scheibler emphasizes here and in numerous other passages, Pocahontas is the noble exception to a barbaric rule. She has a mindset, he argues, that does not correspond to that of the average Native American, and her unprejudiced heart is moved to tears whenever she interacts with John smith, whom she idolizes. Owing to her moral and mental acumen, she causes great astonishment among the English, "who had never believed that such great character traits could meet in an uneducated souls.

By implication, the novel depicts the other members of the tribe as barbaric and ignoble savages. Adjectives such as "frechr" "rohr" "wild" and "barbarisch" [insolent, rough, wild, and barbaric] abound in the authorial statements and the descriptions of the Native Americans by characters such as John Smith). Native Americans in the novel engage in appalling ceremonies, dance around fires, wear sparse clothing, yell incessantly, impress the reader with their utter lack of courage, and are only appeased through the administration of whiskey. Scheibler's John Smith emphasizes that their minds are too rough and their insights too trivial to engage in religious
reflections. Even Chief Powhatan, called Pomatan in the novel, does not fully live up to his high rank within the tribe. He is simultaneously described as a narrow-minded, greedy, and revengeful megalomaniac; who does not act out of personal convictions but only to save face and to strengthen his reputation.

In the course of the novel Pocahontas becomes increasingly aloof from her tribe. Her enlightenment inevitably leads to her growing
estrangement from her tribe. Even before encountering John Smith, she sees the tribe members as 'dumme Ungeheuer" [stupid
monsters].

Eighteenth-Century Studies
Volume 49
Number 3
Spring 2016
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