Outline of Orientalism

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Sunpreet Singh Writing II- Professor Booker April, 07, 2010 -2:00-3:15pm Orientalism, the lens through which the Western societies view the Middle Eastern ones, is one that is the central motive of the work of Edward Said. Through this rhetorical device, which encompasses several concepts of varying degree, Said develops an explanation for the relation of the history of his people in relation to others. More specifically, Said uses this lens to develop the interpretation of the oppression and blame felt by the Middle East. One quote of importance that summarizes his entrance into the subject is, “The Imperialist and French could do to the Arabs what they couldn’t do to them.” This lack of reciprocity and fault on the part of the Arabs ultimately discharges us from the inculcated pre-conceived notions of the popular media and press. From an outsider’s perspective, it would seem plausible that this lack of power would influence the U.S. and countries with similar motives to preach humane and
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