The Mind's Eye 'And Reading Lolita In Tehran'

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Fiction, Reality, or both? Fiction is a separate world created based on the figments of our imaginations. It allows us to create anything to our likings, and where we can achieve happiness and a sense of self-sovereignty without oppression from others. Reality, on the other hand, is where people flock for the truth of life. This “truth” is where no imaginary worlds are created, and where we learn the meaning of something without trying to cover it up with false feelings. But, what happens when our reality becomes intertwined with fiction? How do things play out when we coincide real with the unreal? In Oliver Sacks’ text, “The Mind’s Eye”, and Azar Nafisi’s “Reading Lolita in Tehran” some insight is provided on this situation. What we make …show more content…
For example, a naturally blind individual who is used to experiencing things from different senses will not need to create happiness to feel self-sufficient like someone from Sacks’ text. This is when we can start to realize that they might not be entirely different at all. Fiction is reality because they both can be intertwined to express ones individuality.
We are the creators of our own experiences when we try to formulate new perspectives based on fiction and reality. Nafisi and Sacks’ accounts complicate a previous question regarding to what extent we influence our own situations or experiences. The brain processes what we see with our eyes, to come up with a response or understanding of a situation. This idea of people wanting their minds to see what is best for them was evident in both texts. Azar Nafisi wanted herself, and the other women in her class, to “see” or focus on only what mattered to them the most: themselves. She states, “… no matter how intimidated and frightened we were, like Lolita we tried to escape and to create our own little pockets of freedom. And like Lolita, we took every opportunity to flaunt our
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Azar Nafisi was anti-revolutionary because of her eschewing of the Iranian movement. However, she was not the only one who tried to use fiction as a way of escaping reality. Nafisi recalls a painter friend of hers when she says, “I asked about her progress from modern realism to abstraction. Reality has become so intolerable, she said, … that all I can paint now are the colors of my dreams” (Nafisi, 284). When she acknowledged that modern realism was not permitting her to express her individual ideas, Nafisi’s friend went through a progress to an abstract way of life because she was unable to tolerate the norms and “benefits” that society provided. The “colors of [her] dreams” is a metaphor for her physical and emotional state. She linked colors to how she felt when she imagined events in her head. Her dream was to be heard and to be understood in society. Nafisi’s friend created an imaginary canvas and “painted” these colors, which was really her way of expressing her unique and individual ideas. This canvas was meant strictly for herself because she was aware that society would not tolerate or accept her perceptions. With the use of colors, she portrays her story and wishes to be free and individual. This relates to Oliver Sacks’ account on a blind French Resistance fighter, Jacques

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