The Savage Male - Four Levels | Adventure In English

Marvin Harris (1927 – 2001)

The Savage Male - Four Levels | Adventure In English

The Savage Male

Literal Comprehension: The Yanomamo is one of the most aggressive, warlike and male-oriented societies in the world. The body of adult males or females is covered with wounds and scars. Wife has to obey their husbands immediately. Otherwise, they are punished. Brother-in- low are close relatives, with whom they take drugs together. Because of the hallucinogenic drugs, the Yanomamo males have supernatural visions. And can endure much pain in different types of duels. Menstruated girls and women kept separately. Male superiority is seen in different types of duels. In the chest pounding duels, the guest hit on the chest of the host with a fist as hard as he can. But later the host also hits the guest back on the chest. The more one receives, the more one can hit back. In the side slapping duel, the opponent hits with the open hands just below the ribs. In the club fight, the competitor sticks on the head with a pole. The spear is also dangerous. The fight against relatives and enemies is quite common. The alliance of the Yanomamo depends on military power. They passed most of the time by fighting.

Interpretation: This passage shows the relation between male and female in the male-dominated society. The American Indian tribesman also known as Yanomamo believes on the male supremacy. Through this passage, the writer presents the views of two different male and female writers who commonly consider the complete violation of women in the fierce group of people. The beatings and sufferings from men are considered as the sing of love for women. The character and body image of the writer shows the complete differentiation from the normal groups of people.

Critical Thinking: The essayist has presented a banned view in this assay. He has quoted chignon, a male researcher, whose attitude was male oriented. He has also presented the views of Judith Sapiro, a female researcher. Thus he has tried to be unbiased.

Assimilation: By reading this essay I have come to know many things about male-oriented society. In such a society, women and girls are always abused. They have to do what the male want. They make myths to prove males superior. But, on the other hand, males are more precocious and warlike. I become sad when I imagine the life of the Yanomamo people who always fighting and never at peace.

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