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Citation and Discussion of Evidence (1 minute, 15 seconds for each) I. Léry (Chris) “…But some of them, surpassing the savages in inhumanity, boasted of having killed and eaten prisoners” (128). Léry might be seen as a European author that is more sympathetic and perhaps even understanding of the cannibals, however one passage in particular disproves that beyond any shadow of a doubt. On page 128,
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“Surpassing the savages in inhumanity, even boasted in my hearing of having killed and eaten prisoner.” Here Léry betrays his true feelings towards the natives. No longer are they noble or laudable, instead they are savage and inhuman. Furthermore, the implication that a European that descends to the level of cannibalism is somehow more disturbing implies that Léry believes that Europeans are inherently better. We are not angry when an infant behaves like an infant, but when an adult behaves in the same way it is considered far worse. Lery grades the natives on a European scale, and on that scale the natives do not even register. Léry makes a feeble attempt to explain his harsh condemnations by urging Europeans to consider that brutal and vicious acts are committed at home as well. However, comparing the natives to the most disgusting and debased villains of European history is hardly a proper way to humanize them. Léry finds the atrocities committed in Europe so much more offensive because he holds his European brethren to a higher standard. He is willing to exonerate the Natives because they are lesser people and he expects less of them.
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