Au Morocco Analysis

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Western literature gives us a representation of the attitude of Westerners toward Morocco throughout recent history. Five works of literature written in different time periods from the years 1890 to 2007 are examined to determine the evolution of how the West views Morocco including its traditions and cultures. In Pierre Loti’s book, Au Moroc (In Morocco) which was published in 1890, Loti gives us a very romantic view of Morocco. Loti describes his visit to Morocco in near poetry as he travels with the French minister on a visit to the Sultan. Loti states, “Fez, which is the goal of our journey, is far away, under the burning sun, in the heart of this closed unchanging country, whole life remains the same today as it was 1000 years ago”( Loti, Pg. 19). Loti seems to worship the simplicity of the ancient life. He deplores the modernization of Tangiers, as compared to the more primitive remainder of Morocco.
Primarily, Loti gives us beautiful views of the landscapes and people as he travel through Morocco. But he also reveals to us the many gross injustices of the Morocco of 1890: slavery and the abuse of Jews, women, the poor and animals. But instead of deploring these injustices, Loti seems to embraces the nostalgia for times past. In the Preface, Loti says, “No one need expect to find it dissertations on the political condition of Monaco, on its future, or what is to be done to bring it into harmony with the modern movement” (Loti, Pg. 5). Indeed, Loti praises the Sultan, “As to his majesty, the Sultan, I am glad that he is handsome; that he will have neither press nor
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The students become priests are apt to preach a religious war. Rather than studying modern math or literature, the students study the ancient topics of astrology, alchemy, and divination. They study the mystic numbers, the influence of stars and demons, which Loti states have disappeared from the rest of the world. (Loti, Pg.
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