Finally, by adopting the identity of an Indian avenger he felt connected to the Native American culture as his killing and kidnapping acts included objects and rituals associated with tribal traditions. Becoming an “Indian killer” gave John Smith the cultural identity he was unable to find as he lived in a society dominated by white men. From the start of Smith’s life, Anglo society held no comfortable place for young John. As a baby, John discovers immediately when he was placed in his adoptive mother’s arms that, “. .
There was both the fear of Indians and the uprisings of Indians that brought this sad act into effect. Jackson wanted this act because in his words the act would prevent, “all possible danger of collision between authorities of General and State Governments on accounts of Indians.” First, the thought of Indians would strike the match of fear in the hearts of American settlers. Formerly, many Indians, and some presently, would scalp and kill Americans in their sleep. In this case, to the Americans, the boogie man was real, he was the entire race of Native Americans, and covers didn’t protect his victims. This fear prevented the United States of America from expanding due to the constant uprisings of the Native Americans in the East and he fear that the same thing would happen if they if they went West or continued to settle in the Western parts of the America of the 1830s.
“Even Okonkwo himself became very fond of the boy – inwardly of course. Okonkwo never showed any emotion openly, unless it is the emotion of anger. To show affection was a sign of weakness; the only thing worth demonstrating was strength.” (28) This excerpt not only demonstrates Okonkwo’s fondness of Ikemefuna, but also shows how one-dimensional Okonkwo had become in his pursuit of pure masculinity. As the story continues, Okonkwo is informed that Ikemefuna must be killed so he lies to Ikemefuna by telling him he must return to his old tribe, on Ikemefuna’s trip back, he is intercepted by Okonkwo and some of his clansman and eventually killed by Okonkwo. Okonkwo did this to not look weak in front of the men even though he thought of this boy as a son.
The misfortunes these men encountered on their expeditions led them to choose a side in which they tried to disguise their true outcomes. Cabeza de Vaca and Christopher Columbus both struggled in the new world due to the pressure from the church and the state. It is easy to see that Cabeza de Vaca went through hardships when captured by the Indians. In addition you can a sense that he uses much imagery of his men being killed and picked off one by one because he knew that the state and church would read his writings. In chapter seven, I feel that Cabeza de Vaca wanted to show the state and church that life over in the New World was very troubling and full of challenges that were hard to handle, in fact some of these challenges were so great no man can actually face.
Yet, that is not happening quite well since the white man has claimed his ground, and pushed the native people to the side. Throughout the letter, Chief Seattle continues to point out the white man’s flaws upon arrival and residing in the Indian’s land. The shift in the point of view has the effect of an eye opening thought to the close minded on how the Indians are perceived. In the second paragraph Chief Seattle states “But perhaps
“Violence: An American Tradition” In my opinion, I believe violent ‘trends’ are often repeated in American culture because of selfishness, ignorance and fear. I mentioned selfishness as a factor because that is what drives man to show disrespect towards another. Putting yourself as priority, you are left no room for reason or understanding. This in turns leads into the lack of knowledge, which is ignorance. Ignorance and the lack of understanding a person may cause diversion between two people of two different cultures, race or religion.
Okonkwo, afraid of being viewed as soft-hearted and weak, participates in the killing of Ikemefuna. The clan elders advised him not to partake, but he did so anyway. Nwoye is not only emotionally broken, but spiritually as well by the killing. Okonkwo is shaken as well, but he continues to try to become a lord of his clan. Nwoye constantly disappoints Okonkwo, which leads to a great love for his daughter Ezinma.
My own son, my own sister, my own brother. They go away and do not write anymore. Perhaps it does not seem to them that we suffer. Perhaps they do not care for it.”(39) Here Kumalo comes to the realization of the importance of this trip to Johannesburg, he must go there to find them and forgive them for the suffering they have caused. He states at the end of the quote, “perhaps it does not seem to them that we suffer”, which seems to help him forgive his relatives because they don’t know the troubles Kumalo and his wife have suffered.
He was doing his best to change his ways in order to honor his son. James Jarvis uncharacteristically altered his behavior to be considerate to the natives, especially Stephen Kumalo. James Jarvis returned to his home as a changed man and wanted to help the village below, Ndotsheni. James paid for an agricultural demonstrator to go to the village and to teach the people to work the land successfully. James knew that the native people had a disadvantage to white people since they weren't able to get a proper education, which, in turn, affected their land.
However, his father does not give Nick long answers to his questions. Nick’s curiosity is fueled once he experienced viewing the death of the Indian husband and may even lead him to think that it is avoidable if one believes it. Seeing that the Indian husband wanted to take his own life allowed Nick to see that the Indian husband could chose his own fate and make his own decisions. Nick was able to see that anyone can control their own future, something Nick was unfamiliar with and believed not to have power over. His father has controlled most of his life, for example by shutting him out of the Indian’s hut upon discovering the body, “ ‘Take Nick out of the shanty, George,’ ...There was no need of that.