English Question

Hello, I need help with this assignment, it’s about reading a book( I’ve attached a copy of the book under name “Going to the Source, vol. 1; Chapter 2 ”. here’s the directions listed below for you, all I want you to do is to answer all the questions also respond to the responses in the very end of these instructions.


Discussion Forum Instructions
You must participate in the weekly discussion forum. You are asked to submit 5 posts to the discussion board. These 5 posts will include your responses to the original thread question(s) posted by the instructor as well responses to your peers.

There are two kinds of discussion posts:

  • Original Response to Thread Question: You will respond to the assigned questions based on the readings and/or films for that week. These original posts should be about 200-250 words long. You may wish to compose your posts in Word or a text editor, then copy and paste when you are ready. Your first original post should be submitted on Thursday or Friday of each week in order to receive full credit for that discussion. This ensures that we have enough content before the weekend and don’t have a “traffic jam” of posts on Sunday night with everyone submitting posts and waiting for others to submit. Quality of the post is important, so be sure that your posts answer the questions and demonstrate knowledge.
  • Response-to-Peers Posts: You will also respond to your classmates’ posts during the week. Quality posts are rewarded. A “reply” means doing more than just agreeing or disagreeing with a post. You must support what someone else has posted and expand upon it, or disagree and provide an alternative perspective.

Citation requirements

Your posts need to contain citations of the readings. You may use parenthetical references. For example, (author, title of document, year, page number). You are not required to and should not use sources other than the assigned readings.

You should cite any time you:

Use a direct quote
Use an idea strongly associated with a particular source
Use a controversial argument or a specific figure, like a statistic
You do not have to cite when you are relating commonly know facts.

  • Week Three Discussion Threads:

IMPORTANT: Before you contribute to the discussion, make sure you have read the assigned reading for this week: Brown and Shannon, Going to the Source, vol. 1; Chapter 2 “Tales of Captivity and Redemption: North American Captivity Narratives.”

Study tip: Each chapter in Going to the Source includes a source table that will help you analyze the documents before you write about them. You do not need to submit the source table. It is a study aid for preparing your discussion answers.

Citation Tips: Practice citing your sources! Telling the reader where you found your information is one of the most important components of writing for this class. You must cite everything taken from a source, whether you are quoting, summarizing, paraphrasing, or even just taking a fact from that source. Not only is the presentation of evidence a requirement for maximum points on discussion forums, any use of sources with a failure to cite a source represents plagiarism.

Be sure to: 1) edit your posts to avoid spelling/grammar mistakes; 2) check back regularly to comment on any responses you get to your original posts; and 3) cite page numbers for all references to readings

Citation Examples:

To cite evidence from non-textbook readings in this course, use parenthetical references with the author’s last name and page number (if page numbers are available), i.e.: Author Elizabeth Kolbert writes, “Columbus reasoned that the world was shaped like a ball with a breastlike protuberance” (Kolbert). Or, if it’s not a quote: Contrary to popular memory, Christopher Columbus did not believe that the world was spherical (Kolbert). If an author wrote more than one outside reading, please include the title of the article in quotation marks. For the textbook and the reader, use “TAP” or “GTTS” instead of the author’s last name, i.e.: Columbus writes, “For it is true…” (TAP, 23). Or, if it’s not a quote: Columbus claimed that the people he encountered at Hispaniola believed that he and his crew were gods (GTTS, 23).

Question 1: Compare and contrast the three narratives. What elements from the narrators’ backgrounds or circumstances of their captivity help explain the differences in the narratives? How did their treatment by their captors differ?

Question 2: Interpreting Narratives: Although the narratives were written from the perspective of the Europeans, we can also learn much from those narratives about the native American perspective. Imagine that the Indians who held Cabeza de Vaca, Jogues, or Rowlandson captive had the opportunity to tell their story. Explain how their version might have differed from the one you have read.


Response 1: For:

Juliana McGarry-Nowak “ Though all of these narratives have similar beginnings, the captors were treated very differently during their time with the native Americans. The main difference seems to be based on gender. Cabeza de Vaca and Jogues, who were men, were treated very poorly. Cabeza de Vaca had to perform healing rituals just to survive. If he did not do what he was instructed, he would not be given food (GTTS, 40). Jogues was tortured by the native Americans. He was physically beaten and even had his finger cut off (GTTS, 45). Rowland, however, was a woman. Though she was not necessarily welcomed into the native American community, she was in a much better situation than the men were in. Rowland complains about the food she was given calling it “filthy trash” (GTTS, 47), but at least she was fed without having to earn it. She was also given a mat and blanket to sleep with, which she describes as a kindness being shown to her (GTTS, 48). All of these people faced great hardship throughout their captivity, but it is clear that the native Americans had less ill intentions toward women.”

Response 2# for

Kirolos Soliman “The indians build their lives on those lands and created a family. I believe if the indians had the chance to tell their story they would help everyone understand that they wanted to reconnect what they had at first. The indians took captives and as stated “Although some were tortured and killed and others were ransomed, many others were put to work and in time became productive members of Indian society.”(GTTS 34.) They may have tortured many of them but also provided work and duties to them to fix their colony and reconnect with family. Some of the captives also chose to remain and adapt to that new life as “White Indians” (GTTS 34.) This shows that the indians were not harming the captives but they did provide them with so much that they chose to remain.”

Response 3: For:

Lucy Narrell “ In a way I can see why the Indians tortured the Europeans like they did, I’m not saying it was morally right at all but I can see where they were coming from. The Indians have been there for years, it was their home and everything they ever knew- the only thing they knew. At the very beginning of chapter two it explained that the Indians had reasons for their violence ways, “including encroachment on their lands, attempts to subject them to English law, and unfenced colonial livestock destroying their cornfields.” (GTTS, 120). When the Europeans came over they also brought diseases that begin to kill Indians which led to downsize of their population, because of this when the women were capture to, “take husbands and help replenish the community’s numbers” (GTTS, 124) Although I do not condone the violence and doings of Indians I believe that this was their response to the colonization they were experiencing.”

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