Aladdin And Orientalism : A Little Bit Of The Middle East

1239 Words Mar 4th, 2015 5 Pages
Sonia Maryam

IB English

Ms.Rowe

February 20 2015

Aladdin and Orientalism

Could anyone have thought that the movie Aladdin had more to it than just showing a little bit of the Middle East? That is because the movie Aladdin shows Orientalism in many ways. Orientalism is a canonical text of cultural studies where Said has challenged the concept of Orientalism by: the difference between east and west, the start of European colonization the Europeans came in contact with the lesser developed countries of the east and found their civilization and culture very exotic and established the science of orientalism which was the study of the Orientals. The movie Aladdin was successful because it should a new way of using magic and a culture not many were aware of but unfortunately it was judged as being bad from being a Middle Eastern movie and now Aladdin had more to it than just showing a little bit of the Middle East and the way for having similar examples as Orientalism that is still presented in the Western society today. From the examples below it will be more clear and easier to understand how the Disney film Aladdin as being shaped by the forces of Orientalism, as outlined by Edward Said.
The first example to support that I perceive the Disney film Aladdin as being shaped by the force of Orientalism, as outlined by Edward Said is by having stereotype of having an Arab accent and the differences between the east and west. One example from the movie Aladdin to…

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