Summary Of Indians By Jane Tompkins

analytical Essay
977 words
977 words

In Jane Tompkins essay, “Indians”: Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History” she describes the issues on how history can be flawed by being told from the observer’s point view. She also goes out to question the validity of history in certain historical books. All through the essay, Tompkins’ central message is to let the historical writers know that morality should be the crux of their decision making if they want the truth. It is crucial to know that when learning history you are subject to that person’s narrow point of view. In her essay "'Indians': Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History", Jane Tompkins discusses the problems she encountered while doing historical research about Indians. Not too fond of the plethora of biased accounts, Tompkins initially concluded that because the perspective of historians were muddied by their cultural background, it was essentially impossible to recreate a valid explanation of what truly occurred between …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes jane tompkins' essay, "indians: textualism, morality, and the problem of history," which explains how history can be flawed by being told from the observer's point of view.
  • Analyzes how jane tompkins' argument is about expanding your research on different interpretations of historical aspects.
  • Analyzes how tompkins' argument is sound, but there are flaws in her thinking. she cites a distinct case of english protestant settlers who recognize the indians as barbarous savages.
  • Explains that two people can have varied speculations about the same topic, but can't accept either of them as the complete truth. to collect the most authentic "truth," one must take all the different points of view.
  • Compares the "banking" theory, where the student is subject to the prejudices and beliefs of the educator, while learning history.
  • Opines that reading tompkins is not meant to discourage you from learning from history. it is important to learn from the past to know things about the present.
  • Explains that once they are able to see these different perspectives, they can learn more about the people who have them and detect their language and method of developing them.
  • Explains that in order to learn about the other people and their surroundings, it is essential to bear in mind that different people produce different beliefs on certain subjects.
  • Opines that jane tompkins' essay is essential to understanding how history can be false or watered down throughout different books.

Due to Jane Tompkins’ frustration on bias historical facts, one can come to a realization on the importance of honest historical accounts. “This essay enacts a particular instance of the challenge poststructuralism poses to the study of history. In simpler language, it concerns the difference that point of view makes when people are giving accounts of events, whether at first or second hand. The problem is that if all accounts of events are determined through and through by the observer's frame of reference, then one will never know, in any given case, what really happened (Tompkins). According to the article, “Indians”, by Tompkins, it is not possible to find the truth in history and if the perspective is bias it will become a perpetuation of inaccurate history. Jane Tompkins supports this argument by using the example of the Europeans “colonizing” the Indian land and how they were

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