Overall, Cabeza de Vaca’s adventure shows multiple beliefs and cultures in a constantly struggling society as well as the viewpoints that come from the different races within that region. Readers of this account will see that actions, whether positive of negative, have consequences and those that choose the negative path will not always have the greatest
In the film “The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun”, we follow a young disabled girl in post-independence Africa while she gets a job selling government newspapers. Djibril Mambéty, the maker of this film, proposes a kind of moral code to the audience. He illustrates a strong willed and lovable character named Silli. The way Silli walks, although a little wonky, the help of the crutches and her own determination keep it constant in the face of obstacles. The way Silli walks is symbolic of how the whole movie functions. In the grand scheme of the entire film, the filmmaker wants to convey that Silli, with the help of people, overcame obstacles through inner strength and determination. The crutch symbolizes the help of people around her. In the final scene of the film, the crutch has been taken away and is literally replaced by an actual human carrying her. The filmmaker wishes to convey the message to the audience to act as a crutch for the disabled: to be a source of support. Help given to disabled people are like crutches; it helps them succeed when they have the willpower to. It is like a symbiotic relationship. However, this help is merely a stepping stone for disabled people. They aren’t superior or inferior in any way. This ideology can be applied to the interactions in all forms of life. Silli is a child. Though strong willed and determined in the face of adversity, she like all children, disabled or not,
Lastly, Diaz’s account is more credible because his distinctive experiences and he wrote the book to add his experience with the topic. First, he was a child of the Columbus’s exploration year. Then, he joined Cortez during his mission to explore and conquer the new world. After that, he wrote his book to the reading public in Spain to show that Aztec’s environment and how they respectfully welcomed them. Additionally, who wrote a book
Natalie Diaz's debut collection, When My Brother Was An Aztec, is a book of poems that accounts Diaz's skills in imaginative and lyrical language. The collection explores her past in unexpected form and images, tackling the subjects of her family, most notably her meth addicted brother, life on the reservation, and being a Native American woman. In this collection Diaz has filled the pages with rich and interesting images that rely on Native American culture, experiences of her own as a Native American woman, and mythology. As I read this collection I was struck by how heavy her images rested on the page and yet how weightless they seemed to fly off.
By analyzing document 12.1, “The Aztecs and the Incas through Spanish Eyes,” it allows people today to have a better understanding and at
The fact that the textbook decided to expound on the details of Pizarro and Peru that were happening around the same period of time rather than the accounts of Cabeza de Vaca proves the necessity of primary sources and the advantage they have in further understanding the past. During the 1930s, Cabeza documented his journey across the American Southwest. In his documentation, he describes the environments and lifestyles of the many Natives he came across to. These Natives aided Cabeza and his companions in throughout their expedition with food in exchange for their skills in treating the sick. For the most part, it is understood that he and his friends were treated really well by the Indians stating that the women of one of the tribes “…brought many mats, with which they built us houses, one for each of us and those attached to him.” It was interesting to know how the explorer’s group would continue to grow as the journey continued. Cabeza and his companions met up with people who would “tender all they possessed” and immediately follow them after being “depraved of their belongings.” As the traveling became gruesome with lack of food and rugged mountains, only the strong continued to guide. It was at this point when Cabeza had reached a landmark in his expedition; his fellow traveler Castillo “had found permanent houses, inhabited, the people of which ate beans and squashes, and that he had also seen maize.” After settling on a stable land with permanent homes and crops, Cabeza shifted his focus in searching for Christians which successfully did so. This entire story highlights the unique elements behind the the many explorations to the New World. Cabeza’s expedition contributed to the Spanish Conquest and encouraged other Spanish explorers to embark on a search for
There are many social issues that affect the individuals in the novel Across a Hundred Mountains, such as, social injustice, poverty, homelessness, prostitution, hunger, depression, alcohol and physical abuse, violence and death. The novel begins with the discovery of the unmarked grave of Juana’s father by the U.S. border. This is the fate many
Inga Clendinnen has had a fascination for the MesoAmerican area and it's history for over 30 years. Having wrote many books on the peoples and history of the region, her knowledge makes her well qualified to write a book such as Aztecs. The book is not one based on historical facts and figures, but one which is founded on interpretations of
The book Copper Sun by Sharon Draper is a historical story about Amari’s journey as an African being sold into slavery. She was having a good life in her village until some random milk skin people came. Her family all got slaughtered and she got captured and got sent on the slave ship and was bought buy the Derby’s. In the novel the setting in the Derby’s plantation and Amari’s village have a lot in common and have a lot of differences.
Almost everyone faces some kind of hardship in their lifetime; however, only specific people can rely on their spirits to help them survive. Perhaps one of the greatest hardships started in 1619 when the first African American slaves were brought to the US settlements. Millions of slaves were treated horribly, even more were brutally killed in many different ways. In the book, Copper Sun, Sharon Draper proves that only certain individuals are given the strength of spirit needed to endure the difficulties of life by comparing how some slaves survived the “death ship” and others did not, how some became pessimistic but Amari stayed faithful, and finally how the people of Fort Mose were living freely even though each individual faced tragedy
In Copper Sun, Sharon M. Draper presents the idea that often, hopes and aspirations are the only things that can motivate someone to keep living, even when the conditions are worse than death itself. This theme is prevalent throughout the entirety of the novel, showing its importance as it allows for the reader to understand the struggle of being captured and sold as a slave, and preserving through the unjust treatment, only having their memories and faith to inspire them to live. Firstly, on the boat to America, Afi was informing Amari that at nights the European males take the women and force them to perform sexual acts, and Amari was discouraged and wanted to die, Afi responded to that and said, “‘ I should welcome death, but I cannot-
In the 1500’s the Spanish empire started taking over the New World, young men started leaving their homes to get rich and famous by taking valuable products from South America back to the Old World. When we think of Spanish conquerors, we first think of Columbus and his crew; However, we shouldn’t leave behind other explorers who contributed to the Spanish empire expansion, one of those influential conquerors was Francisco Pizarro. This explorer is known for being the founder of Lima, Peru. He was born in a small poor town in Trujillo, Spain. At a young age he worked on a farm and was illiterate, then he joined the army where he learned about the new discoveries in another continent.
The plot of the novel is based on the murder of Santiago Nasar, and is rooted in Machismo. The two antagonists of the book Pablo and Pedro Vicario, murder Nasar after finding out he allegedly had sex with their sister,
In The Motorcycle Diaries, Guevara’s discoveries of the devastating effects of US neo-colonialism in Latin America are only fully understood upon his rediscoveries of the equally harmful nature of not only tourism, but also his own vagabond traveling. Through their encounters with farm labourers, Guevara’s initial discovery of the Araucanian race’s “deep suspicion of the white man who… now continues to exploit them” is shown through the prominent motif of sharing mate, which highlights the early understanding between them. However, this understanding is expanded upon reaching Cuzco, where the symbolic juxtaposition of the three layers of the city emphasises his reassessment of how “a hesitant tourist [also] pass[es] over things superficially”. Even further, in Guevara’s encounter with the Chilean communist couple, graphic imagery accentuates his rediscovery of the “parasitic nature” of not
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s text depicts the cultural life and setting of Latin America. His inclusion of conventional values portrayed in the novel such as pride and honor influences specific characters such as Pedro