Bullfighting Essay

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Bullfighting

The origins of bullfighting can be traced back to prehistoric times. The Greeks sacrificed bulls for religious reasons, but in its earliest forms, bullfighting did not even involve humans. The bull was often put into a small enclosure with another predatory animal, such as a tiger or lion, and the beasts fought to the death. The spectacle eventually evolved into a struggle between man and bull gaining similarities with what we know today as bullfighting. Along with these changes came the spectacle and formalities that are now an integral part of the corrida de toros. Arguably, the first of the modern bullfight took place in Vera, Logroño, Spain in 1133. The modern bullfight evolved from rejoneo, which
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The matadors finish off the bull in the third stage. If a matador is gored, one of the other matadors must finish fighting the bull. Therefore, six bulls and three matadors participate in every corrida.

In the preliminary stage (well, I lied there are actually four stages but the preliminary is not really considered one of the tercios), large capes, usually magenta and gold, are flashed before the bull. This is done in order to see how the bull will react. The bullfighters watch the bull closely to form a strategy for engaging it in the ring. If the bull is too timid, the fight could be boring because the bull will not charge when provoked, not allowing the matador to make skillful passes. However, if the bull is too aggressive, the fight may be too dangerous for the matador and he may have to kill the bull quickly. This is also an undesirable result. An ideal bull is one that is brave but the matador is able to manipulate. This allows the matador to show his artistry and skill in controlling the bull.

During the first stage, or tercio de varas, the picadores ride into the ring on horseback. The carry a long lance with a small metal pick at the end. The bull is provoked into charging the horse and the picador guides his lance into the large neck muscle of the bull as it crashes into the side of the horse. This causes the neck muscle to weaken, therefore, forcing the bull to droop its
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