The Jinn Analysis

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The Jinn’s characters are similar to the Christian entities of the Devil and his demons. However, the way that the West portrays the Jinn are caricatured, comic, and supernatural creatures. The Jinn are depicted as beings that grant wishes as the Disney’s version of Aladdin. In these accounts, the Jinn tricked humans and acted in a superficial matter. In a contrasting view, literature in the East represents the Jinn as frightful and sinister due to the Islamic religious beliefs. The divergent representation of the Jinn between Burton and Mahfouz asserts Said’s claims of personal dimension. The Islamic religion is the second most important religion in the world preceded by Christianity. America and Europe presented inaccurate misleading and stereotyping outlooks of the Islamic faith. Said claims that the Orient is the stage on which the whole East is confined.
In Burton’s version of Alaeddin or The Wonderful Lamp, he presents the characters of the Jinn as
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More general, Said asks how individuals come to understand people, strangers who look different to us by virtue of the color of the skin. The central argument of Said’s remarks is the way the West, Europe and America, look the countries of the people of the Middle East is through a lens that distorts the actual reality of those places and those people. From that disparity, Burton and Mahfouz created their account of The Arabian Nights. In different ways, both tried to portray the reality, life, culture, and beliefs of the Arab world. Burton, as an outsider, tells the story of a mystic, exuberant, sexual, uncivilized, naïve, and erotic East. Mahfouz, as an Arab, illustrates a cynical, dark side of humanity that manipulates, destroys, and controls his and many societies. Mahfouz’s goal is to awake a sense of individual responsibility in social and governmental

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