Aladdin Pan Colonialism

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White colonization of brown countries is said to have started with the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century. This was a time of new ideas, scientific discovery, and belief that white men needed to bring the rest of the world technologically up to date for the betterment of the human race. This belief was the start of the oppression of minorities and non-whites considered barbaric compared to European society. As time went on, however, world saw Europeans transition from oppressing brown people to oppressing brown as well as white people seen as “not fully white”, such as the Jews, Spaniards, and Italians. This led to cruelties like the Holocaust, which finally alarmed Europeans into halting their imperialistic agenda. Although the height of brown colonization has ended, we unfortunately still see its effects today. Many Westerners do not see this, however, because of the West’s lack of understanding and education of Eastern cultures. An example of this is the movie Aladdin; a childhood favorite that only when educated shows a tale full of white-sided stereotypes of “barbaric” Arabic people. Through, postcolonial literature and cinema, the audience is able to see how white perceptions of postcolonial lands still negatively effect perceptions of the East today and widen the gap between Western and Eastern relations. In order to understand the ways in which Aladdin communicates negative stereotypes of the East, it is important to note the words of Edward Said in his book

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