There are explorers in South Africa who witness violent attacks between lions. The most aggressive and terrifying lion is “Satan”. Satan is a “serial-raping lion”. Unlike most lions that kill other males for territory, females, and food, Satan always tries to mate with a lioness. If the lioness refuses, Satan kills her. Ranger Alfie admits that the killing will not stop unless Satan wears out or the son of the dead lioness goes to fight against Satan.
Toni Bentley is credible because she experiences a first-hand account of a safari adventure. She strengthens her essay by using imagery to describe what she sees such as, “...opens his jaws, showing huge bloody incisors” (24). This shows how Satan appeared right as about he was about to attack the other lions. The reader can understand Satan’s state of being in that moment.
Normally, if one hears of a rape in the “human” world, the rapist goes to jail and so on; that is the law. In this case, that law is out of context. A lion cannot go to jail for rape.
Toni Bentley’s purpose of this essay is to portray her frustration with the lack of concern for lionesses. She sees that in the “lion world”, females are unimportant. She soon realizes that the role of women has only changed recently. Unluckily for the lionesses, they are still worthless against lions.
Seeing as how the author sympathizes for lionesses, Toni is reaching out to people who do not understand the negative status that women used to have.
Toni speaks indirectly in order to achieve her purpose. She states, “…it would not be to avenge his murdered mother. It would be to protect his pride” (26). Toni is displeased with the fact that the lioness’s son cares for his pride rather than his own mother. She speaks sympathetically towards the lionesses.
Toni Bentley accomplished her purpose; she wanted readers to understand that women’s roles have changed not long ago. She supports her opinion by describing her experience of vicious lions fighting with one another and the lions’ disregard for the lionesses.
Men and women are equal. No gender is superior to the other. (lantalanta.wordpress.com)