The Oregon Trail
When the author says that the Oregon Trail was “Arduous, perilous” and “Fraught with danger” I can agree. One example as to why I agree with that statement is because the journey was filled with various obstacles that the pioneers were forced to endure, such as Indian ransacks and the walk itself. The journey, proved to be hard for each settler. The 2,000 mile walk would break the strongest of men and lead the weak to their death. Sometimes the Native Americans would hold the pioneers as prisoners’ and force them into their tribe through hard labor. Native Americans weren’t the only danger on this road, American bandits were also commonly found raiding the Conestoga Wagons that were occupied by a family. In order to keep this from happening, members would have to stay and keep watch while the other’s rested; this changed in rotations. No matter how strong or big the group was, the trail would still prove difficult.
The editors of the article “On the Oregon Trail” tell us that life on the Oregon Trail was “Arduous, perilous” and “fraught with danger”. After reading the article, I quickly discovered that I agree with this statement. There were two specific examples from the text that stood out to me. The first example that I saw that showed how dangerous life on the Oregon Trail was in paragraph three, where Helen’s camp got attacked by the group of Indians. This was a very bad situation, because if the Indian’s had bad intentions, then they could have been trying to kill Helen. The second example of danger on the Oregon Trail came in paragraph four, when Helen found the dead body of a woman. This woman was apparently murdered while traveling along the trail. The Oregon Trail was a place where murder and attacks were common, just showing how truly “arduous, perilous” and “fraught with danger” this path was.
Helen Carpenter was one of the strongest woman in history I think I’ve descry. She was very young when she took this quest upon herself in her own hands. I don’t think a lot of people could do what she did, and to me that really says something. If Helen Carpenter was here, and I saw her face to face, there would be some many questions to ask it would make your head spin. First, I would ask her is she ever missed her family and friends back at home. The journey took 2 ½ months, that’s a long time to be torn apart from your family. She most likely did, but you never know, maybe not so much. Also, if she ever thought about turning around and marching back home. I would assume the journey would be taxing and hard at times. Only the strong could trek and go on that journey. Finally, my most important question would be if it really all was worth it. All the tiredness and the strength they had to pull. All the work it took to walk the Oregon trail. All the pain and suffering of everyone dieing from disease. So, what would you ask Helen Carpenter? Would there be a lot of questions, or not? Would your questions be important or little details about the quest? Helen Carpenter was one of the strongest woman in our history , and she will always be one of the strongest woman in our history.
I do agree that the pioneers showed “courage” and “perseverance” because no one in the reading had given up at all even though they went through rough times on the journey. They all did their jobs, followed along, and stuck together. These pioneers seemed like a tough group of people by going through all the fraught with danger to make it through the rough trek along the Oregon Trail to the territory of the West.
I agree that life on the Oregon Trail was arduous, perilous and fraught with danger. I think this because there were many deaths on the way. Most of these deaths were caused by disease and starvation. The others were caused by people being killed. So they obviously had a rough time getting there, by losing men on the way.
A: Yes, I do agree because they had to go against the unknown. Also they had to show courage when facing the Indians and fighting for their life’s. When they were going against the unknown they didn’t know if they had the weapons to fight or enough food for the whole trip. Lastly, when they had to have courage against the Indians the Indians had more experience in fighting while most of the people traveling were just normal people. I I would have been alive back then I’m not sure I would have had that courage to do that.
I think that the Oregon Trail was arduous, perilous and fraught with danger. I think so because it seemed like something dangerous or exciting was always happening, for example, when Helen Carpenter and her husband heard the shots being fired and found the dead woman. I also think it was dangerous, perilous, and fraught with danger because they knew that many people were dieing and they could have gotten killed. I think it was expecially dangerous for that reason.
I do in fact agree that the Oregon Trail was “arduous” and “perilous” because of the great dangers that stood in front of Helen and her husband. Examples of these dangers were terrible weather, inhospitable climate, and Native American tribes. Although these dangers blocked their path, they persevered through them with bravery by their sides. They found this trip to be very difficult but that wouldn’t stop them one bit. The effort that they showed through this showed the arduousness and as perilous as it was, they made it after about two to three months. ♥
I do not think many Americans teens today would be able and willing to make a trip like Helen Carpenter’s. Most American teens today expect anything they want without having to fight for it and work for it. On the other hand, Helen Carpenter took a risky, brutal journey on the Oregon Trail. Also, most teens today would rather watch someone else do something important rather than risking their life’s to be a leader and not a follower.
I believe that Helen showed “courage and perseverance” on her trail because she was a women that refused to give up and not go on. She did not agree when the other women would whine and moan about getting water or simple things like cooking, and washing clothes ect. The women acted stubborn as if they were five years old and didn’t get their toy. They hated having to do their jobs and to be going on further every step and every stop with more things to do and more things to wash. But some of the men on this journey didn’t want to stop. They pushed forward and kept going, like real men should. Some didn’t want to give up until they achieved what they were sent to do.
If I could talk to Helen the three questions I would ask her is the first thing I would ask is why did you go on the trip. The second thing I would ask is when you were going on the trip did you ever want to turn back or quit? The third question I would ask is did you get any money or something for completing the trip?
The editors emphasized the words “arduous, perilous and the phrase fraught with danger” for a reason. To get a strong point across. At which they succeeded. I to, agree that life on the Oregon Trail was arduous perilous and fraught with danger. The pioneers had gone through harsh weather, hostile Native Americans and inhospitable weather.
I do agree that the Oregon Trial was “arduous, perilous” and “fraught with danger” because the passage talked about an Indian shooting, many people dieing of things such as starvation, disease, harsh weather conditions, or they were killed.
Helen Carpenter: Number Five
If I could talk to Helen Carpenter, I would ask her a million questions, but there are three questions that I would make sure to ask her. The first question I would ask her would be; “Are you happy about your decision to go out west?” Once she answered that question, I would also definitely ask; “What was going through your head when you saw those Indians?” Those questions would be important to ask, but the question I would be dieing to ask, and thriving for the answer would be; “How do you think your life would have changed and been today, if you and your husband decided to stay behind?” Helen Carpenter was and still is an inspiration to many young adults today. She has inspired me to always take chances, set goals in life, and then follow them.
The editors of the article told us that life on the Oregon Trail was “arduous, perilous, and fraught with danger.” I can agree with this statement, even from just reading this short excerpt. I can tell that this journey would be dangerous because of Helen Carpenter’s encounter with the Indians. The Indians would be huge threats to anyone living on the Oregon Trail. Another part of the article that led me to believe that this journey was perilous was Helen’s encounter with the dead, tortured body.
The Oregon Trail was “arduous”, perilous” and “fraught with danger.” I can prove this because in the text it says that the Oregon Trail passed through Indian Territory. This part of the trip was dangerous because the pioneers got shot at by the Indians. It also says that there was barely any food so the people sometimes starved to death on the trail. Gunshots and starvation made life on the Oregon Trail “arduous”, “perilous” and certainly “fraught with danger”!
During this day and age, I don’t think that anyone in Helen Carpenter’s situation would have been willing, nor able, to make the torturous trip that she had made. In this generation, we rely so much on our stable possessions that permanent travel would be such a grueling task and even taking the first steps to that type of adventure is sometimes too far out of our monotone reality. Though some people may present themselves as being able to take on such a journey, their audacity would have to go far beyond their present imaginable reach to be able to comprehend the inevitable factor of the unknown.
I do not agree with editors who said that Helen Carpenter showed “courage” and “perseverance”. She personally did nothing and watched as her father and husband were almost killed by Indians who attacked. She may have wanted to help but Helen Carpenter did not show “courage” “perseverance” or any good skills at all. In fact, she committed a bad thing. She could’ve been the reason her, her father and newly wed husband had all been killed.