The Committee By Sun Allah Ibrahim: An Analysis

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In The Committee by Sun’Allah Ibrahim, the open-door policy has resulted in an economic and social dependency on the Western world as Egyptians pride themselves in using American and European commodities and global ideals they believe will enrich and improve their lives and country; however, in reality these are detrimental to their society. Through the diversification of Western commodities into Egypt, Egyptians lose their self-sufficiency and nationalist values, allowing the Western world to exploit Egyptian resources and profit through globalization. Egyptian society rejects their own domestic products as a result of an obsession for the West and diversification of commodities from around the world, giving them numerous other options to …show more content…
By structuring the sentence to state a visible problem with the bus’s condition followed by a societal rationale overlooking that malfunction, highlights how society tries to justify using the “Carter” buses even though the condition of buses are blatantly hazardous and unreliable. This illustrating how they choose to blame themselves for problems with the foreign commodities, instead of realizing it is the foreign countries’ fault for selling them goods of inferior quality that actually hinder their health and safety. The narrator critiques how society jeopardizes their lives and safety by riding these risky buses because they believe American and imported commodities are inherently superior over their own domestic products, which leads to a dependency on them to feel more confident. On the side of the bus is “ an American flag emblazoned with two hands clasped in friendship” (Ibrahim 138). The “two hands clasped in friendship” depicts an equal partnership between Egypt and America, however this is only a façade. In reality, the United States …show more content…
This causes the destruction of the domestic market, thus leading to a dependency on West. The narrator explains how “tap had remained the main source of drinking water…until the open door policy went into effect” because Coke “[used] the waters of the Nile to irrigate the Negev…[causing] a scarcity of potable tap water” (Ibrahim 131). By emphasizing tap water was originally the “main source” until the open door policy, the narrator illustrates that Egyptians were not originally dependent on Coke and foreign beverages. Factually, Coke was not directly responsible for the destruction of clean water, however the narrator blames them as a result of diversification as opposed to the fault of both Egypt and the West. As Coca-Cola’s attempts to diversify their products for more profit globally, the narrator believes Egypt’s natural resources were contaminated causing harmful effects on societal health because they no longer have clean, safe water to consume. This illustrates how he thinks Western companies are able manipulate the Egyptian markets by limiting their natural resources and obligating them to become dependent on imported beverages. Also it reveals his opinion that companies lack care for public health and safety in order to

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