Literary Analysis : ' Indian Camp ' By Ernest Hemingway Essays

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Native Americans are plagued with a plethora of stereotypes. In addition to what could be argued as systematic genocide, Native Americans have had to suffer through an immense amount of bias. These biases, provided and maintained through various media outlets, have led to a significant amount of oppression on Native American people. Ernest Hemingway, an American novelist, displays a myriad of stereotypes of the Native American people in his short story, “Indian Camp”. These stereotypes are utilized to provide a direct contrast to the main character, Nick and his father, both able-bodied white men. The Native Americans are viewed as clueless savages who require the help of a white man. It provides a sense of comfort for them, as not only are they able to put all Native Americans within the same box, but they are then able to reaffirm their status above them. Michael Pickering, a professor of media and cultural analysis at Loughborough University in the UK, expands upon this idea of stereotypes and their inflexibility in his 2001 book Stereotyping: The Politics of Representation. In the first chapter titled “The Concept of the Stereotype,” Pickering quickly establishes the meaning behind stereotypes; careful to illustrate the difference it has to categorizing. Primarily, he asserts that it is because of its inflexibility that stereotyping is so different from categorizing. The reason it is so, he explains, is to uphold the social hierarchy held by those with a considerable…

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