Reading Lolita in Tehran

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    Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisis, published in 2003, tells the story and observation of a women who brought eight students into her home for discussion of literature each week. In 1995 “I decided to indulge myself and fulfill a dream.”(184). states the narrator. Seven females and one male attended. As the women packed her things to leave Tehran her students and herself began to take photographs against the empty wall. One taken covered how they were forced to spend every moment of their lives and the other stripped from their black veils no longer hiding themselves. Although it may seem as if Iranian women can show their true inner selves even with their veils, in all actuality these women are unintentionally hiding their personality and inner light forced to cover all but their oval faces with a dark veil. Photograph is mentioned many times throughout the first chapter of Reading Lolita in Tehran. Taking a good look at the developed print opened the narrators eyes to each one of her students. The women moves through the photo brushing over each and every student. Both those who were…

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    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…

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    More important than a person’s identity, is what a person identifies as. The difference between these two is that identities are constantly being assigned and replaced throughout our life by society and biology, while identifying is a process independent to each individual. Individuals have little control over the process of being labeled and defined by others in ways that sometimes do not reflect their inner self. However, through identification, individuals are able to decide which and to what…

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    Azar Nafisi, a former literature professor, also reviews the conflicts faced by herself and other women in Iran regarding freedom of expression, in the memoir “Reading Lolita in Tehran.” These topics from the three texts are significant because they allow for a discussion of the mindsets of different people. In this paper, I will argue that individuals form unique types of fictional worlds in their minds which affect how they behave with others, resulting in a constrained outlook on their…

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    percent of the population in Tehran. That means they make up almost half of the population. However, they are not treated fairly or with respect even though they make up such a large percent of their population. Azar Nafisi in her memoir, Reading Lolita in Tehran, displays the unfair treatment of women in Iran and argues that they need to change. She also discusses education and literature’s importance throughout the novel, so that people will view it with more importance because literature is…

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    Freedom The idea of freedom can be seen throughout the collection 2 of our textbook. Freedom can be seen in the “I Have Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr.. The idea of freedom can be seen in the analysis of the speech "Nobody Turn Me Around" by Charles Eucher. Freedom can also be seen in the memoir "Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi. The topic of freedom can be seen throughout Dr King’s speech. Freedom can be seen in the "I Have a Dream" speech by King using repetition and saying…

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    How One Find Success in the Imagination of Others “....When we are watching or listening or even reading a book,” writes Cathy Davidson in her essay “Project Classroom Makeover”, “the imagination is engaged in making connections in all of those forms , as it is in anything we experienced” (Davidson 55). Imagination plays a key role in the human’s ability to associate with other people’s constructed spaces, whether it is through watching, listening or even reading it; it allows people to connect…

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    Reading the Holocaust, Women, the Victims of the Iranian Revolution, Maus, Persepolis, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, and Reading Lolita in Tehran, allows us readers understand the feelings of the tragic events of these stories in their own individual ways shows their own sense of dehumanization in their events, but interlacing these stories together will deepen our understanding of the feelings and emotions of dehumanization of those who suffered through these tragic events. All…

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    In “Great to Watch”, Maggie Nelson discusses “desensitization”, the lack of response to a stimulus due to a surplus of exposure to it (Nelson, 306). In particular, Nelson discusses desensitization in terms of “image flow” (Nelson, 304). In Azar Nafisi’s “Selections from Reading Lolita in Tehran”, Nafisi reviews cases where the desensitization negatively affected society, but was able to be stopped. Moreover, in “Selections from Alone Together”, Sherry Turkle discusses some of the benefits of…

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    prefers art that is neither “terrorizing” nor “chaperoning” viewers because this art presents an opportunity for the viewer to form his or her own opinions on the subject matter at hand, and instead of shocking the viewer or trying to force the viewer into a false realization, the viewer is actually learning about the subject. In Cathy Davidson’s “Project Classroom Makeover,” this freedom of learning is found through the introduction of new ways of learning that challenged both the rigid…

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