Unformatted text preview: Western natives’ narrative is virtually lost, and thus, their history is lost. Furthermore, he compares the vying cultures to narration on stage. This stage can be metaphorically acted out on the stage of literature. It is this never-ending battle (in which the dominating culture always wins) recorded in literature, read by many generations, that perpetuates the sense of overwhelming “self-congratulation” and “unconcealed triumphalism” felt by Western powers (Said, xvii). Thus, Said implies that literature is both crucial and influential because it is a testimony to the customs and trials of a nation. The one-sided perspective in literature unfortunately has the power to shape how future generations view a nation’s culture, and can too often misrepresent the native people’s narrative....
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course COMP-LIT 121 taught by Professor Danielpope during the Fall '09 term at UMass (Amherst).
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