Last Rites For Indian Dead Analysis

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In this comparison essay, I will be pointing out the differences between “A Proposal to Draft America’s Elderly” and “Last Rites for Indian Dead.” The articles have many differences, but I have narrowed it down to four main points of each essay to base my argument on. This makes it easy to compare the differences of the two essays. Comparatively, I feel like “Last Rites for Indian Dead” has a more compelling argument than “A Proposal to Draft America’s Elderly” for more than one reason. Honestly, drafting the elderly seems like a hysterical idea. The two essays have very different audiences, tones, purposes, and are completely different types. The essay, “A proposal to draft America’s Elderly,” by David Rothkopf, is not an essay at all, but a newspaper article. Being in a newspaper, he only has so much space to but every point he wants to make. This makes the article seem more blunt and straight to the point. The author…show more content…
She wants museums to stop placing their skulls and precious items on display. People need to leave Indian graves alone as much as they do others. Stepping on a gravestone in a “regular” cemetery is rude, but digging up Indian skulls and calling them artifacts isn’t? Harjo wants to inform America on the atrocities of some doctors and scientists. In her essay she even brings up a quote from a doctor in the military while working on the “Indian Crania Study.” He states that he both weighed and measured their skulls. The doctor had found that while having smaller skulls, the Indians still had bigger brains than that of Daniel Webster. In the Smithsonian, the total Indian body count is more than 19,000. Surprisingly, the Smithsonian doesn’t even have the largest collection. They aren’t even treated as real American citizens even though they were in America even before it existed. Her purpose is clearly to stop these terrible acts from ever happening

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