In Said’s book Orientalism, the East is excluded from the book and not given a voice. Instead, Said talks for the East and how the Occident misrepresents them, but the East is never within the novel. In fact, the book is more about the identity of the West that is defined in opposition to the East. In comparison, the East is given a voice in Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses and the West is excluded. Also, immigrants of the East are able to move between tensions of Occident and Orient. The East is voiced through migrants that are in a middle position between East and West. The characters Gibreel Farishta and Saladin Chamcha are Indians, but also live in England. Through their migration the East is able to gain a voice. Rushdie describes immigrants as torn between east and west; O, my shoes are Japanese…these trousers English, if you please. On my head, red Russian hat; my heart’s Indian for all that” (4). By literally moving between spaces, the two main characters are able to give a voice to
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