Essay Pocahontas

2227 Words Oct 29th, 2013 9 Pages
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October 29, 2013
Paper #1
CA 250 – TA: Alyx

Pocahontas: How Normative Claims Advance Multiple Ideologies

Implicit ideologies are seen in film dialogue, music, and content. Through a deeper level of interpretation, viewers can understand what is implicitly implied through a films messaging. Pocahontas, a classic Disney movie, is based on a legend that surrounds a Native American woman. Pocahontas reinforces the normative ideologies of interracial relationships, the misinterpretation of Native Americans, and gender stereotypes in an effort to appeal to children of all ages and teach them morals. Pocahontas was the first Disney film to ever show an
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Lyrics like, “You think you own whatever land you land on, the Earth is just a dead thing you can claim, but I know every rock and tree and creature, has a life, has a spirit, has a name. You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you, but if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew” (songlyrics.com), relay a message that the Native American’s appreciate the land that they are on and it’s a paradox that is the western civilization is very dominant and destructive of this nature. In contrast to “Colors of the Wind”, the song “Savages” uses racism that misrepresents what actually was happening to the Native American’s during this time in history. Disney promoted Pocahontas as a movie that portrays two groups reconciling and moving on with this ideal of peace and nature. However, the true history of this time period was one with a lot of hatred, disrespect, and zero equality. As history tells, it was mostly the Westerners who came in and treated the Native Americans poorly along with their land. However, in the song savages, both groups are being portrayed with very offensive stereotypes. For example, in the song “Savages” the lyrics portray a different picture of the Native American people that talks about how they are “only good when

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