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William Fu Short Paper 1.1 Malhotra English 131 A7 Sympathy through Children In “States” the author, Edward Said, analyses and discloses the story of his people, the Palestinians, and the unrecognized challenges facing the struggling Palestinian population and culture. He argues that the Palestinian people do not have the opportunity to strive for what any person would aspire to, the dream to own and be the head one’s own house. This is then translated to ideals of nationalism, blood, and belonging. This claim is further strengthened by photographs taken by Jean Mohr. Jean Mohr’s pictures in Edward Said’s article “ States” are used to help gain the reader’s sympathy for both the writer and the Palestinian population to further strengthen Said’s writing to help convince readers that the Palestinians are deeply suffering. Being a professional photographer that has been active since 1949, Jean Mohr’s photographs show well-built principles of visual rhetoric; the most evident being the cast of characters used, and figure-ground contrast. Edward Said uses the portraits to exile, which he defines as “ a series of portraits without names, without contexts.” (Situating Inquiry, 562) The pictures show a realistic view of the setting the Palestinians are in. One picture that stands out in “States” is
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