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Pocahontas (1995)

The year is 1607.

John Smith is a grown Englishman looking for riches in the New World. Pocahontas is a 12 year-old Algonquin girl who does not want to commit to her arranged marriage with the decorated warrior and fellow tribesman Kocoum. It’s a match made in heaven.

John and Pocahontas meet and, within a few short minutes, Pocahontas learns English and they begin a cultural exchange. John calls Pocahontas and her people savages, so Pocahontas sings the greatest song ever conceived to explain to him why his way of life isn’t necessarily better.

The two societies, the English invaders and the native Algonquins, independently decide that they cannot coexist peacefully. Kocoum sees the elder John forcing himself on the tween Pocahontas, so he intervenes. Kocoum is killed in the process, so Pocahontas’ father, Powhatan, decides to execute John Smith and go to war with the invaders.

ACT III

John Smith is captive in the Powhatan village. Pocahontas meets with Grandmother Willow.

What’s preventing them from attacking each other?

Up to this point, the English have wounded a native and killed Kocoum. The Algonquins have only taken one of the English hostage. We learn through Pocahontas’ self-sacrifice that the native peoples are willing to let bygones be bygones if the English peace out.

Why is everyone following orders from Thomas?

Thomas got a lot of cred for killing Kocoum.

Why are the English carrying rifles as they are loading the boat? Didn’t they decide the Algonquins no longer wanted to kill them?

They’re a distrustful lot, aren’t they? They’re the ones who ravaged someone else’s land and killed its peoples, so my guess is they’re still afraid of retribution.

How is John Smith supposed to make it on the several months-long journey back to London?

Pocahontas gave him willow bark from Mother Willow. In addition to willow bark containing salicylic acid, a component of aspirin, bark from Mother Willow contains several compounds similar to LSD which will help distract John from the excruciating pain of the inevitable bacterial infection.

If you have any other questions about the end of Pocahontas, leave them below.

~Phil

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