Image Of Indians In Aphra Behn's "Widow Ranter," DionysiusLardner Boucicault's "The Octoroon" And Robert Toll's"Social Commentary In Late Nineteenth Century WhiteMinstrelsy"
5 pages in length. In traditional style, Native Americans have always been portrayed as having a war to wage with the white man. The world has come to expect westerns to depict the Indians in no other manner but that of arrow slinging, horse riding, bloodthirsty savages with little other depth
to their heritage. One of the primary reasons for this misguided perception came from scathing perceptions in Aphra Behn's "Widow Ranter," Dionysius Lardner Boucicault's "The Octoroon" and the Robert Toll article "Social Commentary in Late Nineteenth Century White Minstrelsy." Instrumental in setting forth an image that would perpetuate through the decades, these authors wrote of experience they have been accused of never having, effectively detrimentally branding the Indians without due cause. Indeed, Native American Indians have long been forced to endure myriad portrayals of
their impression upon history's landscape, many of which have been unflattering and downright inaccurate. No additional sources cited.