Black Buzzard - Reminder One Should Not Give Big Significance to somebody's Appearance without Knowing His Essence, Bird's Behavior Is Tied with the Behavior of Its Host – Article Example
An apparently unpleasant man, entirely dressed up in black color; black coat, black hat and black sneakers, describes the man named, ‘Black Buzzard’. This young man was just sitting on a porch in the street alone after 2 a.m. in the morning, probably leaving the expression of being a mug on the others. ‘Black Buzzard’ discovered the actual internal sad, unhappy and lonely feelings of a narrator, which were some where hidden by his own self. This strange looking man just appeared and disappeared like the wind blowing in the cold streets of Brooklyn. The narrator thought him as a mug and was afraid of getting mugged by him at any time. Later, the narrator found out that, ‘Black Buzzard’ was actually looking over him to reach home safely in this crucial time of the morning. The prediction of ‘Black Buzzard’ as a vulture proved wrong on the part of the narrator.
The social work factor which link this story initially refers to the name ‘Black Buzzard’, given by this unpleasant man. His given name is directly pointed to a black bird, which is being captured & hunted by Americans for the purpose of food. The man chose this name to make the people to stop this behavior with the birds. Buzzard is a bird, whose entire look is black, and the nourishment of this bird utterly depends on its guardian. The man with black coat, hat and sneakers tried to explain the relationship of a human with the black bird. Firstly the human capture this bird, then nourishes them with complete intent and later slaughter it and use for food. Humans are also targeting this black looking bird for hunting purposes. The writer discuss that how valuable someone appearance is to others, in the formation of a relationship. The story concludes that how the appearance of birds faces and meets with the problems surrounding their environment, and how their entire physical appearance results and decides the behavior patterns for them by the others. This whole scenario draws the assumption of violence and views of the people associating a certain relationship. The sudden disappearance of the ‘Black Buzzard’ also explains the fact that, human aren’t scared of vultures but vultures are scared of them. Vultures are scared of the attitude of human towards them, because of their appearance. It engages the human relationship with the psyche of their likeness. If an individual’s similarity doesn’t satisfy, they turn it to violence. ‘Black Buzzard’ identifies the term of violence. It signifies that, ‘buzzards’ doesn’t hold the intent of violence against humans; it’s the humans who are holding this grudge. The fear of getting mugged clarifies this dilemma. The goal of the narrator is to make us acknowledge that, how easily and quickly a human psyche can misinterpret the means of a relationship, on the basis of appearance. The behavior of birds associates with the behavior of its host. The narrator in the story strongly claims the violence against the bird, and demands for its protection. The ‘Black Buzzard’ is protected on legal basis in United States under the ‘Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918’. (Hollande, 2014)
Hollande, D. (2014, August 01). Lives; Tender Prey . Retrieved November 30, 2014, from nytimes.com: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/01/magazine/lives-tender-prey.html