Essay on Reading Lolita Into Tehran

1819 Words Dec 18th, 2005 8 Pages
Azar Nafisi uses the power of western literature to illustrate to her seven women students the importance of connecting books to fictional imagination. She wanted to challenge her students to discuss "the relation between fiction and reality." (Pg 6) Women in Tehran, when the Iranian revolution began, had little or no freedoms out of their houses. Nafisi took an enormous risk by inviting these seven women into her house to discuss literature. If caught she and or her students could face jail time because the books were banned in fear of conspiracy against the new revolutionary Iran. In the memoir, Reading Lolita in Tehran, the extreme risks these women take are due to the reoccurring theme of oppression throughout the story. As each day …show more content…
In times of the revolution the women must exercise other rights than their outside freedoms to gain tranquility and reason in life. Nafisi made sure to challenge the women that this class "entailed an active withdrawal from a reality that had turned hostile." (pg 11) She wanted her students to connect the parallels between fiction and reality. These books stood for more than just exercising one's mind; it was to allow the reader to surround themselves in the novel, to become one with it. In part three, Nafisi recalls reading Daisy Miller during the bombings in Tehran, and how it served as an outlet for her to lose her inhibitions and to become engulfed in such a short yet significant novel. When she rereads the novel with her seven students the women explain how they admired Daisy and her courage. Daisy is a witty young American girl who doesn't abide by societies expectations and makes men fall in love with her because she is very flirtatious yet unattainable. Daisy keeps her

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