Literature and History: The Development of American Culture to 1865

Even The Rain

The first discussion we had as a class on the De Las Casas and Columbus readings brought out a lot of questions on how much progress has actually taken place in terms of human rights and treatment of others, I feel that the film También la Lluvia is an incredible perspective on how guilty modern society still is without being overly preachy:

The film is available on instant Netflix. I highly recommend it!

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One response

  1. jacquibonaventure

    The columbus reading i felt was educational, in understanding the character of columbus, himself, a lot better. Though you wouldn’t expect a person to tell the future, to know the true effect their actions would have on human history, i still found his emotional whining during his documentations somewhat surprising. The bottom line is that this explorer made a groundbreaking discovery, no matter how you spin it, he discovered a whole new land and so many people knew about it and acknowledged it, that there was guarentee he would be associated greatly with such a discovery. Yes, other explorers that he felt weren’t “worthy” to gain financial aid , explored america; but i found it interesting that he only took it as disrespect and as being pushed aside. I think this is a major reflection of the male ego during that time (or even in general), because i would have expected him to be somewhat understanding that once fellow explorers heard of his discovery, that he would empathize their passion and curiosity to see it for themselves as well. Though the after effects didn’t go as he wanted, it was interesting to read the inner workings of his thought processes of his experiences.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm

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