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noble savage

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Definition of noble savage in English:

noun

A representative of primitive mankind as idealized in Romantic literature, symbolizing the innate goodness of humanity when free from the corrupting influence of civilization: guilt over the genocide of indigenous peoples led to an exaltation of the noble savage
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  • The Scythians and the Hyperboreans (sometimes the Aethiopians) were the noble savages of the Ancients.
  • In the tradition of the noble savage of literature, Tarzan must confront the hypocrisy, illogic, and brutality of the human world, the world that he is told he belongs to but which his upbringing has not prepared him for.
  • The Native Americans in ‘On the Rez’ aren't noble savages, to be revered for their mystical connection to nature.

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