Dance of the Tiger - 03 April 2008 Dance of the Tiger In...

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03 April 2008 Dance of the Tiger In the novel Dance of the Tiger, Björn Kurtén writes about the quest of a young man, a Cro-Magnon, named Tiger. Tiger’s band is killed in a surprise attack; however, Tiger is able to survive the assault while is he eventually found and saved by a group of Neanderthals. Tiger becomes accustomed to the lifestyle of the Neanderthals as well as changing his own personal view of the group that had saved his life. In this novel, Kurtén illuminates the idea of social dissonance as the two separate groups – the Neanderthals and the Cro-Magnons – have very different lifestyles, as well as different views of the opposing group. When Tiger first encounters the Neanderthals, he views them with disgust and refers to the men as “oxen” and the women as “bitches.” The Cro-Magnons, also referred to as the “Blacks” saw the Neanderthals, referred to as the “Whites” as “Trolls” who were comical creatures (p. 31). Although these creatures viewed each other as though they were complete
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ANTH 102 taught by Professor Soffer during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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Dance of the Tiger - 03 April 2008 Dance of the Tiger In...

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