Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
book by Rush Limbaugh; smore by Wade Williams block two
The first character I will write about is Rush Revere. Rush is the protagonist in Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims he is a substitute history teacher at Manchester Middle School. He is a middle-aged man with white hair and he often wears colonial clothing to his classroom. He often teaches choice students history firsthand by using time travel and does this to educate the next generation about United States history. In his free time he plans for new time adventures and takes care of Liberty.
The next character I will write about is Liberty, who is Rushes time traveling horse. Liberty is not an ordinary horse although he does look like one. He is able to time jump, talk, turn invisible, temporarily freeze time, bring historical people to the present and while sleeping make a landscape around you. Liberties’ thoughts are always on food so he asks for “payment” when he time jumps. He loves history a lot but he definitely loves food more. Liberty loves to be the center of attention and although he is pretty smart his mind tends to wander, a lot. Liberty is pretty important in the story but he is still a supporting character.
The final character I will be writing about is Tommy. Tommy is a blond boy with fair skin: he is a class clown but doesn’t want his football team or classmates to know that he is really a nerd. Thanks to mister Revere’s influence he loves history nearly as much as he loves football. Tommy is a supporting character in this book. During class Tommy likes cracking jokes and pretending not to be smart. In his free time he goes on adventures with Mr. Revere and playing football.
This book had four settings, these are, Manchester Middle School, Holland, the Mayflower and the Plymouth Plantation. Three of the four are set in the past; the only exception is Manchester, which is set in present time. The book describes the tween deck of the Mayflower as the living quarters for the pilgrims; it was a low ceilinged deck with the noxious odder of to many unwashed bodies so that made it a very hard stay with the pilgrims. Passengers had chamber pots for seasickness and sometimes they had flimsy dividers for privacy. When it was stormy everyone was ordered below deck to ensure not falling overboard. This took place in 1620. At Manchester it’s just a normal school but watch out for Elizabeth, who is a real bully and hates Mr. Revere. So that makes Mr. Revere very cautious. The scene in Holland takes place at the port where the Speedwell is anchored. It also depicted a small shoe store next to a cobblestone road that the pilgrims were using to get to the boats. The shoe shop almost blew Liberty’s cover when he “borrowed” some wooden shoes. The Plymouth Plantation depicted a few houses built on an old cornfield with a stream through the middle. It said that no one owned a house but that they all s shared a common wealth and the houses. It was hard on Mr. Revere and Tommy because of frigid temperatures and second rate housing.
This book was very hard to find symbolism in but I managed to find one thing that symbolized something greater. The sword that captain Miles Standish gave Tommy close to the end of the story represented how the pilgrims changed, they started of as soft citizens but ended hardened survivors and Tommy started as a normal kid and ended as a skilled swordsman.
Conflict and Plot
The conflict is undoubtedly man versus nature because of all the hardships the pilgrims had to overcome in order to survive. They had to survive storms and scurvy on the Mayflower and even deal will a broken core beam. In the new world they faced even more conflict, freezing winters killed many, they had to grow food, and defend themselves from Indian attacks. They also had to defend themselves from natural predators and overcome sickness. Exposition: Rush walks into Manchester and meets the students.
Conflict: The Mayflower meets troubled water and rocks violently.
Rising action: the pilgrims are low on food and water and start getting scurvy.
Climax: The pilgrims are in the middle of winter and dying in large numbers.
Falling action: The pilgrims befriend the Indians.
Resolution: The pilgrims and Indians share the first Thanksgiving.
I extremely loved this book and would highly recommend it. It makes learning about history fun. It did this by, besides cramming in tons of facts it also threw in time travel and humor. It taught me a lot about history that I didn’t know before. It was simple and easy to understand instead of using huge words like a conventional history book. It overall was an amazing book and I have nothing to criticize about it.