The play Savage is authored by Christopher Hampton, who is a British play writer. The play was presented at Royal Court Theater in the year 1973. Arguably, the play was inspired by an article, on genocide cases in the Amazon area, particularly in Brazil, where was an increasing trend of execution of indigenous people in the country. The play ideology was retrieved from an incident that happened in the period of the 1960s, involving the execution ofCintas, a tribe in the amazon area during a traditional event. The play gives the audience the insight of how people who were considered as indigenous in Brazil were mistreated and how they were viewed as a threat to the foreign people. They were treated with willful ignorance and cruelty, especially Indians in the country. Most of them were executed in unjustified and unlawful ways as the government watched without intervening on their behalf. The play changes the understanding ideology of Native Brazilian on readers and enables them to realize that there are not against the west rather than their own government for selling land. Allan West guard, explains that he is held hostage to punish the government for the suffering of the indigenous people in the country.
The play gave the audience the insight about the political temperature in the Brazil, in the period between 1964 and 1985 when military dictatorship was used. They apply torture and police force to control people, the military regime is backed by the US government to suppress political powers in the country (Hampton 125). After a government diplomat, Alan West is held in captivity by MRB rebels for the purposes of political prisoner exchange, it is clear that indigenous are mistreated by the government. The aim of the rebel is to change the law of the country in the government by arguing that land that belong to native people was sold to foreign people and the country. This resulted in increase of hunger and suffering of native people. In addition, unemployment and poverty level increases among native people as a result of exploitation by foreign countries on Brazilian resources. Esquerdo, a character in the book focused on the dilemma that faces indigenous workers and farmers in the country who are left landless.
The US government is focused on execution of native Brazilians, especially Indians make their operations easier and more efficient. The reader gets an insight of the west on the culture, legends and rituals of the Indians and the genocide acts that are prevalent in the country. Esquerdo claims that the government is aware of the suffering of people in the country, but take no action to address the situation of native people in the country. Most of the Indiansin the country are executed using arsenic mixed with sugar, deliberate spread of diseases and there are also killed by landowners who are greedy from both local and foreign countries. They are mercilessly killed on the basis of land and are made to follow the directives of the dictated government alike domesticated animals, who cannot rule over them (Hampton 125).
The play is fiction as the west government advocate promotion of humanity. The aim of the west is to change the situation for the better rather than exploit and demean the importance of humanity all across the world. The play reveals that greedy leaders in the western countries, after the bombing of Cintas tribe are killed and because extinct during the Quarup celebration.
The play gives the audience the insight of how people who were considered as indigenous in Brazil were mistreated and how they were viewed as a threat to the foreign people. There is an increase in hunger and suffering of native people. In addition, unemployment and poverty level increases among native people as a result of exploitation by foreign countries on Brazilian resources. Native Brazilians are fighting for their wellbeing in their own country. This enables the reader to understand that the motive of the rebel movement is to oppose ill treatment from police and overcome political influence from the west. This is evident after the government official is killed at the end of the play.
Hampton, Christopher. Savages: A Play in Two Acts. New York: French, 1976. Print.