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The Decision To Save The Past In Orson Scott Card´S Pastwatch: The Redemption Of Christopher Columbus

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In our modern times, we are all aware that time travelling is the most impossible thing ever thought by men. If it was ever possible, it would simply destroy our society and timeline by going back to the past or going forward to the future. In Orson Scott Card’s novel Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus, the Pastwatch time travellers went on a distant journey to the past to save the native people of Mesoamerica from slavery and oppression by the Europeans. An evidence that the Natives was able to face consequences because of the time travellers, a peaceful Mesoamerica, and the gradual introduction of Christianity would show the accomplishment the Pastwatch time travellers made for the Native ethnic groups of Mesoamerica. In the novel Pastwatch, the time travellers makes a good decision to go back to the past since they are able to correct the mistakes both the Natives and the Spaniards have made.
Because of Pastwatch’s intervention by travelling to the past, Mesoamerica becomes peaceful. During the time that the Europeans came to Mesoamerica during the Pastwatch time travellers’ presence in the land, there was no slavery that occurs. Since Columbus thinks that the natives are a civilized tribe, he no longer considers them to become slaves for them to search for gold. This action by Columbus shows that he want to make peace with the natives, and he wants to show them that he meant no harm to them. Mesoamerica became peaceful after some of the Native tribes united as one empire. Colon and Diko’s daughter Beatrice Tagiri Colon and Yax’s son Ya-Hunahpu Ipoxtli gets married, and the author stated that “…the alliance was held and the nation known as Caribia was born” (381). This event united almost the whole of Mesoamerica, which means that the Native tribes will no longer wage war on each other. Thanks to the time travellers’ intervention with history, that the Natives can live in freedom and peace. But there is another reason why they time travellers make a wise decision.
The arrival of Pastwatch time travellers also gave them opportunity to introduce Christianity to them gradually and not forcibly. Hunahpu introduces Jesus Christ indirectly. The narrator tells its readers that Hunahpu introduces the teachings of Christianity without losing some parts of their own native religion. The narrator states how their religion could be similar to Christianity in the words, “Christ would simply be King of Xibalba…” (284). By introducing Christianity to the Zapotecs in this method, they might not lose some parts of their culture after all. The flogging of Christopher Columbus by the mutineers also demonstrates what Jesus Christ had done to save humanity....

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