Thank you Svetlana for taking the time to look at this.
I take my understanding of PTSD from the DSM-5 criteria. You can find out more about this at https://psychcentral.com/lib/symptoms-and-diagnosis-of-ptsd/. Students may be living with PTSD for a variety of reasons: it may be as veterans, or as survivors of abuse, or many…
‘If you want to share a compelling message that moves people to action, you must tell them the story they want to hear, do it in an interesting way that is an attack on the taken-for-granted, and do so in a clear and concise way.’
I find two things problematic about this argument.
It has been pointed out to me that there is an alternative explanation for this — that something did happen, but Smith simply misunderstood it. That is, his binding to a stone and the ‘threat’ of sacrifice was a Powhatan initiation ceremony. It remains intriguing, though, that Smith chose not to mention this event until after Matoaka’s visit to the English royal court and her subsequent death.