Orientalism

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The definition of orientalism takes up no more than two sentences in the dictionary. Coincidentally, Orientalism came to be such a complex and deep concept which Said devotes his entire book in discussing about it. His book – Orientalism unfolds the history of the Orientalism, reveals the “dark” side of an orientalist’s mind and describes the different dimensions of Orientalism. He also attempts to expose the truth of the Orient, which he warned that: “One ought never to assume that the structure of Orientalism is nothing more than a structures of lies or of myths, which were the truth about them to be told, would simply blow away” (Said). In order to understand the truth Said`s referring to, one ought to first understand the origin and …show more content…
[As on can see, the consequence of knowledge triggers a “danger” in the East as the Westerns already formed a possessive mind about the East.] “…we are in Egypt not merely for the sake of the Egyptians, though we are there for their sake; we are there also for the sake of Europe at large.” Although it seems as if England is something good for the Egyptians by bringing them civilization, by improving their social conditions and bringing their economy into prosperity but in fact, they are there for the benefit of England. Through this hegemony, the British is able make use of Egypt’s resources by controlling and manipulating Egypt both internally and externally. It is no wonder that Balfour supported Cromer’s intentions about Egypt, and also rewarded Cromer for his accomplishment of the colonial occupation of Egypt. Likewise, traits of domination and possession are again observed in Lafcadio Hearn’s journal in his after thoughts about his observation at the Japanese shop. “For, although you may not, perhaps, confess the fact to yourself, what you really want to buy is not the contents of a shop; you want the shop and the shopkeeper, and

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