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Esther Kang September 26, 2010 Expository Writing Harry Haladjian Paper 2 Rough Draft Paper 2: Gladwell and Ahmed Politics have always played an important role in governing society throughout the years; they give the government a great amount of power and keep the people under control. Politics not only govern the people, but they also have a large degree of control over the identity and behavior of humans. Leila Ahmed and Malcolm Gladwell are authors whose writings support the idea that when one is placed in a political context, he or she reacts by reshaping and remolding their perspectives and personal conduct. Political context indirectly affects people’s identity and behavior by altering their perspective, coercing some rule or law upon them, and creating “small” changes in the environment, which causes inconsistency in character. Leila Ahmed is the author of the piece, “On Becoming an Arab”. In her work, she discusses the personal struggles she must cope with when trying to uncover her authentic identity. Ahmed is placed in a situation in which she must decide whether to abandon her true Egyptian background and call herself an “Arab” or to continue considering herself as an Egyptian. In the text, Ahmed explains how the Egyptians suddenly became Arabs: in 1943, the Egyptian government agreed to take part in a British proposal of an Arab League, which would include Egypt. Thereafter, the Arab League was permanently formed that year and Egypt was officially considered to be part of the league. The formation of the new league resulted in the stereotypical title of “Arab” on the people in that region. After the establishment of the new Arab League, Ahmed was confused as to
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Kang 2 whether she was an Egyptian or Arab. Suddenly, the term “Arab” had a negative connotation and her perspective of what an “Arab” was completely transformed. Ahmed concentrates on the role that the European government played in her life while she was in Egypt. “It was as if we had become Arab because the Europeans saw us as Arabs—all of us just Arabs” (Ahmed 42). One can see that she was unhappy with the fact that a label was being put upon her. The title of “Arab” is what caused her to be unsure and insecure about her identity. Ahmed overtly declares the outraged sentiments she felt while in the shifting process of being an “Egyptian” to an “Arab”. The Europeans had a great amount of power over the Egyptians; thus, the Egyptians were
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