Essay on Analysis Of ' The Man Who Would Be King Orientalism '

808 Words Feb 1st, 2016 4 Pages
In analyzing The Man Who Would Be King orientalism is depicted as being quite the opposite of what the western culture sees it to be throughout the film. Orientalism is the point of view that the western man has on the eastern culture. Huston’s attempt to treat the differences between western and eastern cultures are present by the presentence of two ex-British officers, Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot. In the western culture, people are characterized as masculine, democratic, and logical to name a few. While on the other hand, the eastern culture is seen to be the opposite as feminine, despotic, and superstitious. The fusion of both the British and the native people of Kafristan demonstrated the key differences between the eastern and western cultures as seen from the western point of view, but ultimately shows that they are not different.
Orientalism can be seen as a byproduct of the Europeans to classify eastern people as being exotic with opposite characteristics from the western side. Huston uses a scene early in the film that portrays how the west is masculine and the east is feminine. Peachy and Daniel show their lust for dominance by heading out to become kings and gods of a small civilization that was thought to be submissive. Ambition and intrigue lead both Peachy and Daniel to seek out a place that seemed to be below them which leads them to Kafristan. The people of Kafristan showed how submissive that they were by allowing Daniel to take over as King. For a…

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