Columbus Day is celebrated in recognition of Columbus “discovering” America in 1492. Many consider him a hero for that one reason but don’t acknowledge what he did when he first reached America. I personally believe Columbus is not worthy of being called a hero for various reasons. One of the reasons is that Columbus killed millions of native Americans because of his lust for gold. The native Americans were kind and generous towards Columbus and his men, but he enslaved them and forced them to do his dirty work for him.
The United State caused the death of Several Native Americans with no sympathy but willingly executed a man for doing the exact thing that their government allowed. When comparing these two major events, the Trail of Tears and the Bataan Death March, one
This fact becomes apparent when Vicario brothers were forced to avenge the humiliation inflicted upon their family by performing an honor killing. This was a result of Santiago Nasar’s alleged fornication with Angela Vicario, their sister. Following the Vicario brothers’ revenge they declared this publicly, "We killed him openly," Pedro Vicario said, "but we're innocent." "Perhaps before God," said Father Amador. "Before God and before men," Pablo Vicario said.
Many people, in today’s society, do not agree on the image of Christopher Columbus, or what this Holiday is portrayed to be. Some say he was a savage, and he should not be celebrated. People boycott the Holiday, and say he enslaved, killed, and tortured Native Americans for their lands and riches. Others believe he was a brave and honorable explorer, who set out on a voyage in search of A “New World”. Who is right?
In the chapter “The man I Killed,” O’Brien narrates an incidence which had permanently destroyed his life, murdering an innocent man. He had a lot of difficulties describing the man he killed, and that is why he avoided using the first person in his narrative. The reason for doing this was to relieve some of his guilt which had possessed him. Nevertheless, O’Brien could not hinder himself from picturing a complete imaginary life for the Vietnamese soldier. He outlined the similarities that he possessed and those of the dead man.
Book 21 focused heavily on setting up for the audience and everyone around him that the entire reason he was there was to avenge his best friend and make sure that everyone responsible paid for his death. One particular quote caught my attention as being a good explanation, stating “No, you’ll all die, die ugly deaths, until you have paid for the Greeks’ loss, for Patroclus dead, killed by the ships while I was away” (Iliad, Book 21, 141-43). He also exposes his motive for why he feels he must avenge Patroclus- he feels responsible for not being there when Patroclus died, possibly able to prevent him from meeting such a fate. Now he is taking out his anger over Patroclus’ death on all Trojans and refuses to show any of them mercy. Going beyond just seeking revenge, he’s also continuing to partake in the aforementioned brutal violence.
In this situation Bruno and his family represent all of the bystanders of World War Two who were disgusted by the incident but did nothing to step in and stop it. This psychological phenomenon was unequivocally one of the contributing factors to the mass genocide that took place in World War
The murder of Caesar was not noble nor honorable. He had murdered a really good friend. He didn’t want the crowd to believe that Brutus murdered Caesar for them and that he had other motives. Antony was able to effectively use logos to his advantage throughout his whole argument and was able to deliver his message in a very strong, emotional and logical
“‘how this man is honored. He makes friends wherever we go. ... … Quick, let us see how much gold and silver is in the sack. They opened the sack, and the winds flew howling and raised a storm that carried us far away from our own country.”(p.88)
I agree that his accidental discovery ultimately led to the massacre of countless Natives. Although, he might be considered a hero for 'discovering ' the New World. However, there were several who came before him and inhabited the land, such as the Natives. Thus, the impossibility of discovering something that had already been in place. For this reason, I would not consider Columbus a hero.
When indigenous people were threatened by people in a village Columbus left behind, they attacked, killing ten people, only to lead to a retaliation that decimated their numbers (Tindall 21). As you can see, many immoral acts were committed against the indigenous peoples of the New World, from taking their lands to killing them, and even not seeing them as actual people. When talking about this situation in history, it should be spoken about as a moral question because we don’t want those same things to happen again. Thinking about the morality or immorality surrounding these events will help keep people from committing these acts again in the
Great Post! I believe Columbus could have worked alongside the natives rather than trying to enslave them especially when they were so avid in welcoming him. For example, today the U.S. is seen as a nation that takes what it wants (i.e. the scourge of the world), however, if we take the time to understand others and their traditions we might find ourselves alongside those we are working with to be happier people. Therefore, if Columbus could have understood this notion, he might have had more supportive individuals who welcomed his religion and
When I am posed with the question “to what extent should I as a citizen respond to how Christopher Columbus colonized Canada” I do not find it that difficult because I honestly do not agree with most things that he was associated with. A few points that I would like to use to “drive my opinion home” are his greed for getting paid, the conditions that he put his slaves through and his overall treatment of the Aboriginal people that he met. One thing that was Christopher's first downfall was his greed for gold- or as they called it back then, cheddar. The only reason he went on his 1492 expedition in the first place was because he wanted to have more money. As a child, he did not have the richest family and he grew up in the middle class household.
I totally agreed with you. I too don't think Columbus Day should be a celebration of Columbus victory in discovering America. However, I do think we should keep the holiday and make it a day to grief for the lives lost from Columbus' violence and greed. I don't think Americans repay the Indians enough after putting them through such horror and genocide. Instead, we hurt them even more by naming a Holiday after their murder.