Bernal Diaz's The Conquest Of New Spain: Analysis
natives, and thus escape their sad fate.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God, is inherently a travel narrative, but is also a metaphor for one, just like Montaigne’s Of Cannibals. In the film, Inez voices her opinion at her husband 's trial, saying, “In Spain I had many servants, and I paid them. lt is only fair to give them money here as well... even if they are Indians” (Aguirre, the Wrath of God). The men in the court summarily dismiss her saying, “We understand your confusion, my child. You are excused” (Aguirre, the Wrath of God). Soon thereafter a soldier reports that, “We followed her [Inez’s] tracks half a mile into the jungle, then we lost them. She simply vanished!”(Aguirre, the Wrath of God) Inez represents what happened to women in the narrative of history that failed to be obedient and go along with whatever men wanted. Women who did not acquiesce men’s ideas were “dealt with” and their actions and voice were removed from any historical documentation, just as Inez disappears from the traveling group, and just as the representation that natives were not barbaric disappeared from history.
In the film, Inez is shown in contrast with Aguirre’s daughter Flores. Flores fits a traditional definition of being a woman. She is obedient, doesn’t get in anyone 's way, in fact she rarely speaks at all in the film. When she does speak she is never expressing her own thoughts, but asking a question of others. She asks Inez once, “What does it all mean?” (Aguirre, the Wrath of God) She…