Montaigne - April Stamm April 21, 2008 Journal Montaignes...

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April Stamm April 21, 2008 Journal Montaigne’s essay “On Cannibals” is used as a running commentary on the barbaric practices of the Europeans through the observations of this Brazilian society. The most striking comment I found is also one of the most direct. He speaks the entire time of how the Europeans cannot truly call them barbaric because they are really only ahead of this Brazilian society in the laws of Reason and then we get to the end where he is speaking with the leader and ends the essay with the comment, “All this does not seem too bad. But then, they do not wear breeches.” This makes me think of modern day America and the ease with which people stereotype one another based solely on appearances. This conclusion is really just a reminder that people are not always what they seem based solely on their appearances; once you get to know someone, or in this case a society, you may find that they are not at all what was expected. The place in which cannibalism is first truly introduced and discussed he describes
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This note was uploaded on 05/14/2008 for the course GN_HON 2112 taught by Professor Dawson during the Spring '08 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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