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While both the narrative Cabeza de Vaca Relacion and Cabeza de Vaca thefilm detail the eight year journey of Alvar Nunez de Vaca through whatis currently known as the United States as a recollection of historicalexplorations what the text actually does it categorizes itself into aform of literature that inevitably falls into the many classes ofexploration narratives Both pieces neatly represent works of tragedyand romance since the aspects of the narrative revolve around theexpedition and recollection of what de Vaca describes as a times ofturbulent uncertainty and calamity for the men who were involved thecolonization of the Americas under the Spanish kingdom The trials andtribulations faced by de Vaca and his men for the eight years before thearrival of more Spaniards charges those who come to read de Vacas TheAccount with great sympathy towards the sufferers and malice againstthe indigenous people A narrative of men being forced to fight fortheir lives eat horses and their fellow man as well as be subjected toslavery by what were considered to be savages allows for the creationof a tragic hero and a man who came out of the lions denso to sayvictorious The assimilation of de Vaca into the Natives community as ahealer and missionary only further pushes his voyage as told from hisperspective to serve as a testament to his strength in a world believedto be filled with dangers The reasoning to both the movie andnarrative is for the reader to view each piece as a statement to firstencounter while sacrificing aspects of history that may discourage thereader to feel for the indigenous people The textual and visual presentation of de Vaca is a man constantlybeing tested on his survival instincts while the explorers in which heis voyaging with continue to suffer and ultimately die From what isstated in the written text there is always a lingering sense of inevitable doom for the explorers when facing the multitude ofhostilities whether it be from Mother Nature
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