ENC 1101H ESSAY#4 - Pratoomsri 1 Teerawat Pratoomsri Dr. L....

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Pratoomsri 1 Teerawat Pratoomsri Dr. L. Casmier-Paz ENC 1101H 30 November 2007 Natives and Slaves Through the Lenses, Canvases, and Pages There are many ways to seem or become superior. Some rely on oppression; some rely on  deception. The dominant Europeans tend to make themselves look superior by making the others  look inferior through bad representation, be it in art, film, or literature. The natives and slaves  have been the main subjects of negative representation to whatever purpose the white people  desire, supported by evidences found in the readings  First Encounters: The Confrontation  Between Cortés and Montezuma (1519-1521)  (and the artworks within the chapter), and  The  “Peculiar Institution”: Slaves Tell Their Own Story  and the films  Black Robe Last of the  Mohicans , and  Glory. In Literature, authors make native peoples seem inferior by describing the natives as  uncivilized, savage, and unable to reason. In  First Encounters , Cortés described the Aztecs as  very grotesque and have “custom, horrible, and abominable” (MacNutt 9). He also degraded the  Aztecs by describing that the Aztecs are bloodthirsty, unreasonable, and “[intend] to fall upon us  and kill us all” (10). In  The “Peculiar Institution” , slaves said that “None of [them] was ‘lowed to 
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Pratoomsri 2 see a book or try to learn” (Botkin 188), yet another example of methods used by the dominant to 
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