Women As Savage Beasts : Hans Staden 's True History

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Laura Lee ENGL130 Professor Raheja Women as Savage Beasts Hans Staden’s narrative, Hans Staden’s True History: An Account of Cannibal Captivity in Brazil, goes into immense detail in regards to the indigenous group, the Tupinamba, and their practice of cannibalism. Through such practice, the reader is given a glimpse of the tribe’s cultural practices and social hierarchy. Staden’s personal experience of cannibalism are illustrated which portrays the savagery, especially that of the women, of the tribe through the Eurocentric gaze. Through the images provided, specifically in Chapter 29 in Plates 50 and 52, Staden demonstrates the objectification of the Tupinamba women as exotic, savage creatures that are presented as objects of the male’s gaze which heightens male superiority. Staden gives a representation of the roles of both genders, male and female, and how the women of the tribe are viewed to be more savage and less-than the men of the tribe thus are marginalized from their society. Hans Staden mixes scenes of harmonious domesticity with that of extreme savagery and brutality. Through such juxtaposition, he is able to represent the portrayal of the notions of gender and the misconstruction of the representation of women. In Plate 50, which is titled “The Women Carouse with the Captive”, there is a stark contrast between the men and the women. The women are usually seen to be huddled around together, some with babies on their backs. In this particular image, the women

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