The Violent Land Jorge Amado
THE VIOLENT LAND JORGE AMADO 4
In “The Violent land” by Amado, the residents of Bahia Cacaoregion are portrayed as laborers and beggars whose only work was toharvest the cacao that was planted by the wealth colonel families.The residents were forced to side with either of the two familiesthat were fighting over the virgin forest land (Amado & Putnam,2013). It is evident that the vast cacao plantations were owned bythe wealthy families such as the Colonel Horacio da Silveira andColonel Sinhô Badaró families. When these two families engage incourt battles over cacao land, the residents tend to side with eitherof the families. The residents, who are mostly poor, participate inbloody battles in the name of protecting their employer’sinterests.
Thesis: Despite the Bahia region being highly productive and theresident exporting agricultural products, it is unfortunate that theyhardly benefit since the wealthy farmers take most of the profits.
The exportation of the agricultural produce does not bring anysocial, political of economic success to the residents of Bahia’scacao region. A huge chunk of the foreign income from the sale ofagricultural produce ends up in the pockets of the few wealthyfarmers who own the vast tracts of land (Amado & Putnam, 2013).The residents only benefit through the wages that they earn. Further,even the few small-scale farmers who are inhabitants of the regioncannot access the foreign markets without the support of the wealthyfarmers. The conflicts over the ownership of land in the area havealso inhibited the success that such exportations would bring.
Amado has apparently brought out the effects of social and economicconflicts in a region that is highly productive. The peasants areused by the wealthy farmers to fight and kill each other on theirbehalf. Lack of social unity in the region has hampered the successesthat the residents should be enjoying. The exercise of engaging inexport of agricultural products does not bring success and prosperityto the residents of Bahia cacao region.
Amado, J., & Putnam, S. (2013). The Violent Land. NewYork: Penguin Classics.
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