Analysis Of Benjamin Franklin 's ' The Savages Of North America '

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In Benjamin Franklin’s Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America, the White Americans regard the Native Americans as “savages” whose “manners differ from ours [the whites], which we [the whites] think the perfection of civility” (Franklin 2). Labeled as “savages”, the lives of Native Americans are distinct from those of the Whites. As a result, with the differences in manners and lives, frequent racism and patronization of the Native Americans by the whites are frequent. In The Crying Indian- Classic PSA, draws awareness to the audience about the danger of contamination along with the deteriorating relationship between the Native Americans and the outside people due to racism. Along with the works of William Cullen Bryant and James Fenimore Cooper, the supporting perspectives regarding the Native Americans in the PSA is further supported.
Throughout history, nature has been portrayed as a source of guide for humans. Through Bryant’s “Thanatopsis”, nature is personified as a woman with a voice and a personality. As a woman, nature comforts the narrator for “she has a voice of gladness, and a smile and eloquence of beauty” along with “gently sympathy” (Bryant 4-5). As a result, in respect of nature, the narrator “holds communion” (Bryant 1-2) and serves as a companion and a lover. Nature has been greatly revered. Similarly, nature to many of the Native Americans serves as a habitat. The PSA video advocates the Native Americans through a comparison. The contrast…

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