I need some help on this chronicle in my Languge Of Literature textbook called: Of Plymouth Plantation. I have to describe the characters' events of "The Starving Time."
I'm not looking for direct answers but I do need a little help on the research.
To provide a little background on the book Of Plymouth Plantation and the excerpt "The Starving Time", William Bradford wrote the majority of the text. As exampled by "The Starving Time," he included other perspectives on the period. A quote at the beginning of "The Starving Time" was provided by John Smith so as to describe the events of the period (the early accounts of Jamestown in 1609).
In order to describe, or document, the events of any text one simply needs to create an outline as they read. For example, the first thing notated in the text is detailed as explaining of events which happened one day prior to Smith leaving for England. On this day, Captain Davis arrived with sixteen men.
Therefore, what you are needing to do is look at the text chronologically. What happened first, what happened second, and so on. Again, the best way to do this is to create a time-line which you can use to fill in times of events in relation to the story. Your time-line would, then,look something like this:
Captain Davis arrives with 16 men and were added to the existing company of under the command of Sickelmore.
The first event mentioned, Smith's impending departure, does not happen until the following day. Therefore, it would not be correct to detail this as the first "character" event happening.