Remarks Concerning The Savages Of Native America Analysis

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Remarks concerning the civilized nature of white America

In 1782 Benjamin Franklin published a paper known as “Remarks concerning the Savages of North America,” A paper on the culture and etiquette of native americans in 1782. This paper took a surprisingly progressive stance on Native American culture; it showed them as a tolerant and respectful peoples, one when juxtaposed with his own, made his own look uncouth and abrasive. In 1993 Sherman Alexie published a book called “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” an anthology that shone a light into the life of 20th century Native Americans. A few of these stories even featured a perspective on white american culture from a Native American perspective. Franklin’s work speaks in direct
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Franklin takes on cultural double standards by contextualising it under the umbrella of Native American culture, allowing him to address bigotry and racism. Alexie on the other hand did the opposite. He wrote stories based on his own experiences. However what would often shine through are these revealing stories about racial intolerance, bigotry and racism. Despite the polar nature of each writer 's writing style, both stories show stunning parallels of intolerance to Native American presence. From the native american perspective this way communicated by the policeman kicking Victor out of the town just for being native american, in “Remarks concerning the Savages of North America.” this was communicated through the exchanging of origin stories and the British reaction to the native american perspective.

Sources cited - Alexie, Sherman. “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.” 20th Edition ed. New York: Atlantic Monthly, 1993. Print.
Franklin, Benjamin. "Remarks concerning the Savages of North America." The Norton Anthology of American Literature. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998. N. page. Print.
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