And I want to say that sorry not sorry, I love the sequel. Even if we don’t take in account the historical context, Pocahontas is better with John Rolfe.
John Smith showed hints of his self-centered personnality in the first movie. However Pocahontas didn’t see them, and I guess most of you also, because she was too interested in the fact that someone different was caring for her. She did not focus on the real him because she focused on the relationship she had with him. She was in love of course, but she was in love with the feeling and not the person. John Smith wanted to change her since the beggining. May I remind you that he wanted to kill her, the only reason he spared her is because she was attractive. If it had been someone else, he’d have shot. But my point is, he always wanted to change her, to sink her into his culture. At a certain moment, when she taught him about hers, he shut up, but as she returned to London, all he wanted was her to stay that way: whitened.
John Rolfe though, cared for her since he got to know her. Of course, he was surprised at first that she, a woman, could have such impact with her people, because in his society, women had no right to say anything. He had to get used to the etiquette of the Native-American culture. But he always cared about who she really was. He never wanted to change her, he always embraced her self. We see it when he gives Poca her mother’s necklace back. He learnt to love her and they have very much in common, though it doesn’t seem so.
Plus, to her, Smith was dead. She said it herself: it’s hard to say goodbye. But when she arrived in London, she had moved on. When she knew that Smith was still alive, she was slightly happy, but she was embarassed as well. She already started to have feelings for Rolfe and she was stuck because she didn’t want to push Smith away.
If Smith and her would have been together, they would have been unhappy because none of them wanted to abandon their customs. Each of them would have regrets. Rolfe was all for Pocahontas, and didn’t mind leaving all he had behind. She is better with him than with Smith, and she knows it. She knows that being with Rolfe will keep her free. And even if she could have been happy with either of them, being with Smith would have emprisonned her.
Disney for the first time did not put a princess with the first guy that showed interest. Disney made it more realistic, but because of that, most people hated it. Disney for once taught that love was not as simple as they supposed so.
I personnaly love the sequel.
Rolfe is such a cutie I can’t even omg.
I could actually write an essay about the subject.
John stepped out of his dorm, ready to join his new classmates on his first day at Avenir. As he walked throughout the beautiful campus, he couldn’t help but greet everyone he walked by. It was enjoyable to interact with his peers. It was at one point, when he was departing with his latest meet-and-greet that John turned, and ran right into the person who’d been trying to walk past him.
“Oh dear!” John exclaimed, “I’m so very sorry! Are you alright? Here–”John offered his hand–”Let me help you up!”