The Inheritance Of Loss : East Vs. West

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Kiani-Maile Casillas
World Civilization
August 6, 2014
The Inheritance of Loss; East vs. West
We have always known the world as four separate geographic regions, the North, South, East and West. The West has been significant in the ideas of America and Western Europe. All characterized by common clothes, language, culture, race, ethnicity and economics. But as time passes, the idea of “the West” begins to dissolve amongst other cultures and regions of the non-western world. Blending of cultures begins into the east creating multiculturalism and western influences. In Kirans Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss the experiences of the characters in the novel disintegrates the idea of “the West” into the East and we can no longer distinguish one
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Jemubhai a character is influenced by racism and discrimination that leaves a permanent effect and realizes that those who are being colonized by Western cultures will not me accepted into the Western lifestyle or world. Although the west is and east are separated by race and ethnicity, the idea of “the West” is spread out into the East.
Benjamin Barber wrote “Jihad vs. McWorld” which discusses the future of nation-states to be split amongst two ideas. A split of traditional culture, versus evolving economics of the world, which are continuously clashing. These ideas are seen in The Inheritance of Loss. Culture of India is being drained away by Western ideas of advancing economics. Those who keep to the Indian culture are seen as inferior to the Westernization or European culture.
Barber believed that each the Jihad, the traditional culture and the McWorld, the advanced world, had very specific qualities characterizing them. For example, the Jihad is deemed as culture against culture. Jihad goes against interdependence and social communities. While this occurs, the McWorld is constantly changing economically, ecologically and supports a unity of communities. Jihad remains traditional while McWorld constantly revolves around fast food, fast music and technology. India is seen as the Jihad and the McWorld is the Western culture.
“The judge was thinking of his hate” (165). A character known as Judge or Jemubhai is
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