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In The Double Life of Pocahontas, author Jean Fritz educates her audience about the life of Pocahontas, which straddles two very distinct cultures: that of her native people and that of the English settlers of Jamestown. She becomes the conduit between the two groups.

The author’s purpose is to teach us about the life of Pocahontas, and the conflicts which she endures after she performs a ritual to make Captain John Smith her kinsman, a move that she honors throughout her life. Her own father is a fierce warrior in some of the conflicts which arise. Pocahontas leaves no written records of her life, but Captain Smith does; therefore, we learn about the life of this native woman through interpretations of his writings. Jean Fritz educates us with her interpretation in this book.

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