What is distinctive about John Smith's style of writing? Consider detail, vocabulary, narrative perspective, organization, and figurative language.

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John Smith's narrative is incredibly distinctive and influential in terms of its effects on the development of the metanarrative of the "new world." Smith's descriptions of the fertile landscape is lush and vivid. He is very specific in his detailing and uses florid vocabulary to capture the essence of the region and provide an honest description of the local flora and fauna. A problematic element of his prose is his reference to the indigenous community as "savages." Obviously, this was merely a convention of the time, but prominently displays Smith's Eurocentric perspective.

Another peculiar element of Smith's style is his obsessive self-promotion. He is prone to exaggeration and portrays himself as a hero and friend of the "savages." This shameless self-aggrandizing detracts from his credibility and renders some elements of his narrative--including Pocahontas dramatically rescuing Smith--questionable. 

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