This essay explores how different people cope with the world they live in.

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Everyone develops their own way of coping with or explaining the world they live in. The Navajo Origin Legend, Journal of the First Voyage to America, and To My Dear and Loving Husband are all examples of how different people dealt with and made sense of their surroundings. In order to cope with their world, Native Americans told myths, Christopher Columbus compared his discoveries to what he was familiar with, and Anne Bradstreet wrote poetry.

Native Americans have used myths or folklore, most which portrays great respect for the natural world, in order to cope with and explain the world they lived in. "The white ear of corn had been changed into a man, the yellow ear into a women. It was the wind that gave them life. It is the wind that comes out of our mouths now that gives us life. When this ceases to blow we die.(pg.23)"

The Navajo Origin Legend was a myth which attempted to convey how the first man and woman were created from two ears of corn and the great breeze of the wind. "In the skin at the tips of our fingers we see the trail of the wind. It shoes us where the wind blew when our ancestors were created.(pg.23)" Unsure of how they came to be, Native Americans told and re-told myths such as The Navajo Origin Legend.

Christopher Columbus's journal, in which he recorded his discoveries from the search that brought Europe into contact with North and South America, was how he coped with and explained his world. Columbus compared the wildlife he discovered landing upon San Salvador with the wildlife back home in Spain when he wrote "Everything looked as green as in April in Andalusia.(pg.62)" Journal of the First Voyage to America demonstrates how Columbus made sense...