Edward Said States Essay

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No Place Like Home Edward Said's States is an excerpt from his book After the Last Sky: Palestinian Lives. It's a story about Palestine, once a country, but now spread out into a million pieces of the people that once called it home. The pieces being more of memories of a time when Palestinians could be who they are, not a scattered and forgotten people. They all face a new struggle, a struggle to find their identity. "Identity- who we are, where we come from, what we are- is difficult to maintain in exile. Most other people take their identity for granted. Not the Palestinian, who is required to show proofs of identity more or less constantly." (Page 546) Said, being Palestinian himself, tells us this story in what was called a …show more content…
In my opinion, I don’t know if any other approach would have been this effective. This allows we as readers to see more into the lives of Palestinians, rather than just read about it. Said starts off the story describing a picture of the wedding of a Palestinian couple. Instead of describing the obvious of what was happening in the picture, Said goes on to describe it in a way that only a true Palestinian would be able to see. "Cutting across the wedding party's path here is the ever-present Mercedes, emblazoned with its extra mark of authenticity, the proud D for Deutschland. A rare luxury in the West, the Mercedes- usually secondhand and smuggled in- in the commonest of cars in the Levant." (Page 541) To someone who did not grow up in Palestine, they would not know this piece of information. Pictures such as this would provoke feelings and memories only a Palestinian would know. They would remember a time that they were forced to forget. A time when they were forced to leave the only home they ever knew. Before I read what Said had to say about his point of view, I never would have thought farther into the picture other than the fact it was a picture of someone’s wedding day. This is a good example of why Said’s choice of hybrid writing is effective in what he wants us as readers to know. It brings us into his mind and allows us to understand a little better.
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