Human Dignity & Persecution

4 April 2015
Explores survival of individual humanity & group identity in three works on minority repression: John Blassingame’s [The Slave Community], Barbara Myerhoff’s [Number Our Days] & Frank Waters’ [The Man Who Killed the Deer].

Rodolfo Byers, the white trader in the Pueblo community, realizes at the end of Frank Waters’ The Man Who Killed The Deer that [t]he brotherhood of man! It will always be a dreary phrase, a futile hope, until each man, all men, realize that they themselves are but different reflections and insubstantial images of a greater invisible whole (Waters 199). Martiniano, the moral center of The Man Who Killed The Deer, only comes to this realization after being continually pulled between adherence to tribal and traditional rituals and beliefs, and the lure of his away-school training and the emphasis on individuality recognized by the European Romantic tradition he learned at the…

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