Civilization And Identity In Herman Melville's Typee Analysis

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Civilization and Identity in Herman Melville’s Typee ``How often is the term "savages" incorrectly applied! None really deserving of it were ever yet discovered by voyagers or by travelers. They have discovered heathens and barbarians, whom by horrible cruelties they have exasperated into savages.`` (Typee 27) When thinking about the term civilization, most people do not seem to have difficulties in defining the meaning of this word, which initially appears to be quiet simple. According to the Oxford dictionaries civilization is `` the stage of human social development and organization which is considered the most advanced.`` (Oxford Dictionaries) But when thinking about how this term was used in history the definition of the term civilization is not as clear as it seemed before. In ``The Discourse of Civilization and Decolonization`` the author Prasenjit Duara claims that the majority of people `` have shared an understanding of civilization as a way of identifying and ordering value in the World.`` (Duara 1), which can also imply the isolation of ``the Self from the Other.``(1) Civilization became especially important during 19th century for the Western world in order to justify the ``imperialist domination of the rest of the world`` (2), which also includes implementation of the so called civilizing mission ``that exemplified not (simply) to conquer the Other, but to be desired by the Other.`` (2) In Herman Melville’s Typee, which was published in 1846, the protagonist,

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