This week we discussed ‘“The Tempest” in the Wilderness: A Tale of Two Frontiers’ by Ronald Takaki. In this article, the author discusses the differences between savagery and civilization. The main argument in this argument is shown in the form of examples of how the Indians and Irish were simply harmless at first when discovering the New World, but quickly made into monsters by the English men. I’m sure we’ve all learned in history of John Smith’s description of how the Powhatans cared for the sick and dying English men. In my eyes however, I feel the English men simply took advantage of the Indians and eventually destroyed them because they were jealous and wanted what the Indians had.
The above document is an example of propaganda biased in favor of the Loyalists/British. This is because in this document, the colonists are portrayed as vicious and at fault for the events of the Boston Massacre. In the image, the colonists are actively attacking the British as they are being shot at while the British seem almost fearful and to be firing in self defense. This serves as propaganda because it attempts to convince viewers that the Patriot colonists were at fault for the Boston Massacre and the the British were innocent. This is also biased heavily in favor of the British and/or Loyalists because this is what they wanted to prove.
Reject it, and you leave them to perish"(11). The American government lied and evoked an illusion of wanting to keep the natives safe, calling the removal “the lesser of two evils”. Saying that the Indian removal was to allow the Natives to “pursue happiness” on their own terms. Americans were stricken with horror when the surviving soldiers of the Bataan Death March recalled their struggles. Even though the difficult and brutal situations the American soldiers suffered through was precisely what transpired during the Trail of
Therefore, we are of the view that Aquinas would have said that the fugitive law in 19th century is an unjust law because the slave was abused and unprotected from the threat of violence, sexual abuse and separation from their loved ones by their masters. These have against the people’s legal rights and created disturbance to the
The quote “...there is nothing either good or bad...” was said by William Shakespeare and it relates very much to colonialism in The Tempest. In, The Tempest, Shakespeare is commenting on colonialism. Shakespeare is saying that colonialism can be both negative and positive, but not either or. He is saying colonialism can be good and bad, it can work for the good of the people and for the not-so-good of the people.. Colonialism brings out the finest in a man, but it also brings out the defects in a man. For anyone to go into an isle and bring people subject to one's rule is the main aspects of colonialism.
Unlike Macbeth, Beowulf defends his kingdom to benefit others and will risk his life at any cost for the preservation of King Hrothgar’s kingdom. While the authors of Macbeth and Beowulf depict them as courageous leaders, their motives distinguish them. There are many aspects that display Macbeth’s leadership. In the beginning of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the witches predict that Macbeth will become king (1.3.48-50). Fulfilling the witches’ prophecy, Macbeth eventually becomes king.
In the speech “Kill the Indian, and Save the Man”, Captain Richard Pratt claims that the savagery of the Indians poses a problem to the advancement of the American society. He argues that their surroundings including language, superstition, and lifestyle cause this problem. TO support his claim, he provides the example of an Indian and White infant. He states that raising them in opposite environments will result in the acquisition of their respective qualities. Pratt proposes the solution of sending Indians to boarding schools, so they can gradually become civilized.
Hence, the English settlers generated violence that lead to massacres. They wanted to have control over the Maoris people themselves. Likewise, the white settlers thought the Native Americans were less intelligent because they couldn’t build proper houses, and so treated them as the inferior group in the society. Not only that, but both groups were taken advantage of in terms of land and trading. For instance, the Maoris’ officials would let the settlers have a piece of their land, in exchange for goods.
Society determines what is civilized and what is barbaric and how it uses its morals, or lack thereof, to determine how individuals should live. Unfortunately, it affects how people view others and how they judge themself. In The Kite Runner, Amir sees himself as barbaric because of how he is seen. On page 77, Amir thinks, “ I ran because I was a coward.” He knows what Baba, or Rahim Kahn, or how any Afghan would treat him or what they would call him if they had seen him run away from Hassan being raped. He almost accepts that he is in the wrong and should be ridiculed.
One being forced out of the only home they ever knew, only for the gain of their oppressors is extremely harsh. In 1830, president Andrew Jackson formulated a cruel plan to do this, announcing his goals to the nation. He believed that all natives were savages, and worth less than white men. Jackson’s speech on American Indian removal possesses several flaws, as he neglects the fact that the Indians were there first, fails to empathize with the native population as he plans to forcibly remove them, and is morally incorrect in his judgement of the Native Americans. Essentially, it is important to note that all white “civilized” people were immigrants into America, and the people who were truly here first were the American Indians.
Puritan Beliefs and the Resistance from the Native Americans Here I will discuss some of the Puritan beliefs revealed that led to tensions, conflicts, and concerns among the colonists and the Native Americans. The Puritans assumed when the smallpox epidemic hit it was God’s sign for them to take over the land. They also used it to justify taking over everything and robbing sacred Indian graves. They didn’t think it was the natives’ fault they were inferior but the result of not reading and practicing the gospel. The conflicts is the start of the 1637 Pequot War.
That’s not saying that life in America pre discovery was ideal. The people who traveled from the East brought nothing but war, dislocation, diseases and epidemics. The description Ross gave was that the effects these things had on the Native American people was obscured because the Natives were seen as barbarians and heathens by the Europeans. ”Let us now for a moment, seriously reflect on the true causes, which have universally produced the extinction of Indian tribes, it is their land having been swept from under their feet by the ingenuity of the white men, and being left destitute of a home, ignorant of the arts and sciences and possessing no experience in the employment of a laborious & industrious
The ones that cooperated would be exempt. After that Bacon’s ideas started to spread and the Rebellion had begun. According to Zinn’s point of view, Bacon was not very interested in helping the poor ones, but in killing the Native Americans. As a matter of fact, Bacon himself was not even in the lowest class; he belonged to a new class that started to arise, which was a not so privileged upper class. More towards the end of “Persons of Mean and Vile Condition”, Zinn explains why the Bacon’s Rebellion was so feared, and what new aspect it can give us on America.
The Pequot Tribal Nation criticize the Puritans by highlighting their brutality. One man remarks that the Puritans must "’destroy them by the Sword and save the Plunder’" (“The Pequot War”). Similarly, Flynn makes direct attacks on Zinn, stating that “This melodrama depends on simplistically dividing mankind into two groups – and only two: oppressors and oppressed. This is how Zinn describes and utterly distorts the early settlement of North America” (Flynn). He also calls A People’s History of the United States a “devious narrative”
When Las Caeas encountered the Taínos Indians, he realized they were different from the description Columbus described them as. Las Casas saw them as, “Maltreatment, cultural disruption, and European diseases all took a heavy toll.” (Varcum 26). Las Casas tried more to save the indigenous people rather than gain control over their empire. He was also noted for standing up for the Indians. “ Las Casas, the great defender of Indian rights, abhorred the encomienda system and called it “a mortal pestilence.” (Varcum 14).