Analysis Of Mayflower By Nathaniel Shilbrick

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Ashley Schultz
Philbrick, Nathaniel. Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War. New York: Penguin Books, 2006.
In New York Times top ten best books of 2006, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, Nathaniel Philbrick proposes to create a descriptive narrative of the Mayflower to better educate those that do not have enough information about the Mayflower. Philbrick tells the story of the Pilgrims from the escape in England all the way through the end of Kind Philip’s War. He begins by telling of the two voyages that bring the pilgrims to America. He then talks of the discovery, accommodation, community, and war of the pilgrims. He does this while using many resources, maps, and pictures. Philbrick uses three themes to identify
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One of Philbrick’s strengths in Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, is how much detail he puts into the book, including a list of passengers. Philbrick even talks about how “there were 102 of them—104 if you counted the two dogs: a spaniel and a giant, slobbery mastiff” (3). This gives a good amount of detail by not only knowing the dogs were also on the Mayflower but also describing the types of dogs. However, this much detail may cause confusion for the reader. To help this confusing, Philbrick provides in his notes credible resources. He also includes pictures and maps to help the reader understand. His prose is quite descriptive and allows the reader to imagine being part of the journey of the Pilgrims. For example, in the beginning, he explains in detail the story of the pilgrims before their …show more content…
Too much information can overwhelm the reader. Another thing that may be a weakness in Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War is that Philbrick writes this book as if his audience is adult readers. Therefore, if a high schooler that does not have much knowledge of the Mayflower decides to read this book to learn about the Mayflower, the high schooler may not understand all the details that Philbrick provides. Although, Philbrick has weaknesses in this book, they are very small weaknesses that do not effect the overall outstanding story of the pilgrims and King Philip’s

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