Stereotype vs. Nature

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Tatiana Tabares Prof. Wittenburg ENWR 106 10 April 2013 Stereotype vs. Nature Over centuries, writers would often use animals in moralistic stories or poems rather than humans to focus on a specific straitlaced theme or message. Due to their rough nature, many animals have been characterized by the authors as “evil” or the “bad guy” in several tales, stories and poems. Why is this so? It seems as though humans have imposed conscience and morality on animals which normally do not exist in the animal world. These personificated notions in several tales and poems have reflected stereotypes on actual animals and lead humans to believe that these animals are “evil” creatures. In the short poems “The Tyger” by William Blake and “Snake” by D.H. Lawrence, it’s noted that these creatures, the tiger and the snake, are being looked upon as vicious and untrustworthy. The writers of these poems go deep in their description of the nature of these two animals and indirectly pointed out the stereotype each creature holds. Animals, whether they have the concept or not, are being confined to the stereotypes humans hold against them based on their nature and face unfair treatment. Within each poem, the authors use specific words and descriptions to define their view on the animal or the nature of the animal. In the short poem “The Tyger,” Blake seems to be questioning why anyone would create a creature like this. “What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?” (855) The author also uses the word “fearful;” much like the way the author of “Snake” mentions how he was “afraid” when he came face to face with the snake in his water-trough. “And truly I was afraid, I was most afraid.” (857) Lawrence also uses the word “innocent” when writing of the black snakes in Sicily. “For in Sicily the black, black snakes are innocent, the gold are venomous” (856). The use of
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