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Danny Smith Professor Michael Monteon Dimension of Culture: Diversity 2 October 2010 The “Tempest” in the Wilderness In the second chapter of Ronald Takaki’s book, “A Different Mirror,” he discusses the English encounter with two different groups of “savages”: the barbaric Irish and the contemporary Indians. First, he presents the perspective of the self-claimed “civilized” toward the naïve society of Ireland. “The Irish lacked the knowledge of god, and good manners… they were described as lazy, and unwilling to work…criminals that inclined to steal from the English.” (Takaki, 29) After degrading the Irish into worthless animals, the English had a valid reason to begin an atrocity that reduced them to wretchedness. Across the Atlantic Ocean, settlers following the inspiration of John Winthrop are in search for religious utopia and
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Unformatted text preview: economic prospers among the lands of the indigenous Indians. The natives provided hospitality as settlers struggled, however as more settlers arrived; the issue of resource competition led to the need of force removal of the Indians. Similar to the Irish, the English depicted the Indians as “cruel, barbarous and most treacherous… lacking Christianity and civilization” (Takaki, 33) Hostilities soon erupted, epidemics wiped out majority of population, battles such as Pequot and King Philip’s War killed off the remaining. The English based their inhuman actions on the idea of exceptionalism; god gave England the right to invade and take over because they are more fit and civilized to govern. Unlike the fairytale finish of “The Tempest” by Shakespeare there is no happy ending for the Native Americans who are driven to near extinction....
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