After reading the lives of Thomas Powers, Joseph Mountian, and the article about Pirates I and many of my other classmates found a common thread of theft in the readings. Out of all the stories I think the one that suprised me the most was Joesph Mountain. Pretty much throughout his life he was a really good at getting away with crime (that is until of course when he came to America). He was part of high-way men, foot men ,and had his own little goups of people he would go out robbing with. I liked how he didn’t say he was stealing from this people, but instead called it getting “touched” which to me just sounds creepy. I mean if it was me who was a notorious thief I wouldn’t go around bragging that I got “touchy” with other dudes. Joesph Mountain was a interesting character who would rob his own grandmother if he had a chance to make a quick buck. I found it kind of funny that in order to gain more money through stealing he would have to spend money on going to places like Spain and France. I think in the end of his life he may have been subconsciously wanted to get caught because when he raped that innocent young girl he didn’t even try to run away or even think that he should run away. I feel bad for the girl that was raped and I believe that Joesph Mountain was a dangerous and evil man
I honestly believe that almost all the problems that people have caused in the texts we have read all have one thing in common which is lack of parental guidance. Every single person that has killed, stolen, raped, and done anything else horrible all lived with other people growing up. These people grew up with thier parent voluntarily shipping them off from one place to another. This can cause child abandoment issues ( or also called “mommy and daddy issues”) with a young child that can cause them to act out. I’m not saying that what these people did is right in the least bit, but thier parent leaving them with strangers may be a factor to include when judging them. Children of that time era grew up constantely getting verbally and physically abused by who ever was watching them and maybe growing up in a house that allows that kind of violence raised someone who became a violent person themself.
Defintion of a highwayman: A man, typically on horseback, who held up travelers at gunpoint in order to rob them…aka Joesph Mountain