Date of Award

Fall 12-16-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Timothy Askew, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Georgene Bess Montgomery, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Bansari Mitra, Ph.D.


The work under consideration scrutinizes the distortion of Arab character in mass media, literature, and cinematography. This research argues that Western culture systematically and consistently projects grotesque images of Arabs, as rich people supporting terrorism and violence in an innocent world, which contributes to the perception of Arabs as terrorists, rich, greedy, and killers of children. The work illustrates that Arabs are constantly vilified in a variety of ways especially in film and literature. The paper will critically examine two films The Rules of Engagement and Exodus and two novels Broken Bridge and The Pirate. Chapter one serving as the Introduction, each following chapter will be dedicated to the critical examination of each film and novel. Chapter two will focus on both Broken Bridge and Exodus both examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the film. Chapter three will examine the novel, The Pirate. Chapter four will analyze The Rules of Engagement. While also summarizing my argument, the conclusion will offer new ways to analyze the misconceptions of Arab stereotypes as depicted in fiction and film.