E316K : FALL 2007
EXAM 2 CONCEPT REVIEW
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Christine Wilson, Maria Barker, Jen Taylor, Karla Alba, Michelle Tan, Andy Lewis, Jessica
different points of views about anything—nothing is absolute
- European travel and ability to move across the globe increased class
hierarchy, trade, violence and conflict between people who are “different”
Points of Connection
- Both Montaigne and Chuang Chou believe that we change, make
mistakes and then get back on track. Also, they both encourage the reader to think
“drunkedly” and not hold back emotions we are feeling.
-He is very worried about his point of view because he has never actually been to Brazil
-Barbarism is only relevant. We all have barbarous acts, yet the ones we perform are
normal to us so we don’t consider them barbarous.
-although we may not eat people, we torture them while they are alive
-People tend to view themselves and their society as the "right" one. They don’t look at the
-Later he tries to talk to a Brazilian and needs a translator. The translator is not very good
though, and he makes the point that it is hard to bridge cultures.
-This relates to the point of view them, it is hard to bridge culture gaps, and understand
where other cultures are coming from.
Talks about actions people take but doesn’t take them himself. He stays in his tower all day
and has to go outside to make sure he is in the real world still. He lives in his head. His
knowledge lets him explore theh world. It limits him though because he lives in his tower
a majority of the time.
He is criticizes his society; he compares the French to Brazil’s natives and believes that the
French are not superior.
Montaigne is well read and informed, but he has never actually traveled to Brazil.
However, he has spoken to a Tribal leader, but there is no proof that that actually
Montaigne references many classical authors in order to sound credible.
Montaigne adds a twist at the end of his essays, by contradicting everything he was arguing
throughout his essay.
Montaigne is an aristocrat therefore, he had educational means.
Montaigne often had to go outside- to nature- in order to remember that the real world
existed- since he is always in another world within his books.
Text written in French.
Like Euripides, Montaigne is trying to say something about his society but does not do it
right off the back. Euripides used a foreign women, Montaigne says that he is not serious-