ENC 1101H ESSAY#3 - Pratoomsri 1 Teerawat Pratoomsri Dr. L....

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Pratoomsri 1 Teerawat Pratoomsri Dr. L. Casmier-Paz ENC 1101H 13 November 2007 Through the Eyes of the Minority and the Majority A person is perceived and represented very differently depending on who is doing the  perceiving. This same concept also goes for groups of people, which in turn perceive others  differently depending on their culture and beliefs. One of the most significant examples is the  perception of natives and slaves by the dominant group, usually white people. The natives and  slaves are usually represented and perceived by a dominant group as inferior to the dominant  group and the trend continues onto readings, films, and popular beliefs. However, the natives and  slaves have very different views on themselves and their experiences, as shown by the films  Black Robe, Last of the Mohicans,  and  Glory,  and the reading  First Encounters  and  The  “Peculiar Institution”. Natives have always been perceived negatively by the visitors. Take the Aztecs- Cortés  encounter for example, Cortés perceived the natives as savage, primitive, and bloodthirsty people  by saying that the Aztecs “[intended] to fall upon us and kill us all” (MacNutt 10) while the  Aztecs view themselves otherwise, believing that they did what they did in the name of tradition 
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course ENC 1101H taught by Professor Casmier-paz during the Fall '07 term at University of Central Florida.

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