While the archeologist can provide an outsiders perspective based on his research, the tribe might be able to provide answers that can help the audience have a deeper understanding of their culture. From a sociology perspective that would be when they do an ethnography or do interviews where they also are observing the people. The more Bohannan continues to delve into the story, the more perplexed the members of the Tiv tribe are by the notions presented in the story of Hamlet. While continuing the story, the anthropologist starts to take notes on the two causes of madness since one of them brought up how only witchcraft can make someone go mad. The whole ending to the story that to my understanding is that even thou a person looks a certain way they are really not that way. Emic does have downfalls because they can created biases on the part of participates especially if a participate is doing a study on their own culture. They accept that some marriage customs, clothes, and weapons are different elsewhere, but they firmly believe there are always witches and they know how witches work.
. Since this view allows observers to participate in the society it can create a member bias. There are several different gods that people worship and they all serve one purpose, to heal, to save and to make us better people. I disagree that the only way to understand a culture would only be in the emic perspective because what if the person becomes biased? This article expresses the emic view of a culture is the American anthropologist placing himself in the culture. For his study, both viewpoints were crucial. To the elders of the tribe the two-year limit that Bohannan had suggested was appropriate for waiting to marry again was too long.
He was born on the 23rd of April 1564 in Stratfordupon-Avon as the son of a glove dealer. The etic approach, observing as an objective analytical outsider and focuses primarily on actions and concepts. Throughout the piece, it was clear that the separation of cultural thoughts and interpretation was present. Their culture was so strong that they thought only their beliefs were correct. Different cultural backgrounds not only make the Tiv and Bohannan have very different interpretations of Hamlet ,but also the general ideas of life and death.
On his trip, he gets some men from the African village he is visiting to agree to listen to his stories on the condition that he would answer their questions. As I thought over the coming complications of plot and motive, I lost courage and decided to skim over dangerous ground quickly. It is obvious that their customs and traditions were already biasing their interpretation of the story. Very pleased that he had correctly interpreted the story, the elder told Bohannan that she should tell them more stories from her country. Etic is out a culture or country looks on the outside.
Once he went the second time, the emic view point occurred, where he was integrating himself and trying to understand what happened in the culture. Yes, you, in addition to many others… See? James Burbage had obtained a 21 year lease with permission to build the first playhouse, aptly named ' The Theatre '. The Tiv was very steadfast in their views. At the end they said that everyone was the same and there are always witches. After the Theatre, further open air playhouses theaters opened in the London area, including the Rose Theatre 1587 , and the Hope Theatre 1613. First, the etic view of a culture means the perspective of an outsider looking in.
Imagine the cocktail conversation: What is your field? I think this just has to do with the older generation being opinionated and forcing their opinions onto others. In the story, Bohannan describes wishing to see the elders and their ceremonies yet, due to rain and flooding, most of the Tiv and herself, were left inside their homes. When you are young, your brain is still developing so it is much easier to do so then than if you try to when you are 20 years old. An etic view of culture is the perspective of the observer. Revenge can provoke deep dark feelings towards others. She has an emic perspective as she has immersed herself into the tribe, and has heard many stories from the elders. For example: the story of Zeus and Sisyphus.
During the process of informing the natives about this story she is faced with cultural interpretations. They gave their meaning of each part of the story on what they thought the great chief tried to get Laertes to kill Hamlet, but instead he knew that Laertes was no good and killed his sister. Summary of Shakespeare in the bush by Laura Bohannan Laura Bohannan is an American anthropologist who goes to visit an African tribe called the Tiv. On her trip to Africa the author finds out that custom, translations, and culture play a larger role in the interpretation of Shakespeare and that his meanings were not as universal as she previously thought. Which at the same time helps her move along with her studies, and gain insight from their cultural point of view. I believe by spending enough time with people of a certain culture a person can come to know the beliefs and ideas of that particular culture. I think the switch over to a more emic perspective occurred when the townspeople became interested in Hamlet and she became interested in their interpretations.
In order to learn a culture, you must remove all biases behaviors to be able explain or observed behavior and beliefs. Men filled their long wooden pipes and knocked coals from the fire to place in the pipe bowls; then, puffing contentedly, they sat back to listen. In the story Shakespeare in the Bush, author Laura Bohannan has an argument with a friend about the interpretation of Shakespeare's literature. Not all cultures believe in ghosts or the devil. I do agree that eventually after months of trust and the locals seeing you around everyday they will warm up to you and start trusting you in their culture. The elders did not try to see the story from the young mans point of view; rather, they were forcing their opinions and interpretations and making it seem as though they were correct. In my opinion, the best way to understand a culture is through the emic approach.
Being irresponsible with money and involved with troublesome acts also sounds very familiar in American culture. Yes, the main downfall can be bias, but pass that having the experience of different cultures living and stepping outside of your everyday life one can be a major learning point for most people. I agree with the combination approach with etic and emic perspectives in order to get a better understanding of culture. Emic looks study a person through a perspective of how they live on a day to day basis. She does however take into account that the customs and translation of his works could produce slight differences in their interpretations.
Though, there is a bias that can be created here, it is still the way someone will understand another persons life. This could be by someone who immerses themselves into anther culture or from an insider themselves. You observe it, take notes, give your opinion and move on. I agree with you also. Through out this story you can see that human nature does plays no part in the Tivs interpretations of Hamlet.