Lolita In Tehran

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From Lolita to James: An Analysis of Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi illustrates her story as a woman living in the Islamic Republic of Iran during the nineteen eighties, and nineties. During this time, the Iranian Parliament administers more laws against the women. While living in Tehran during these stressful times, she and a small group of students explore and examine illicit books written by American authors. She explores how her life was similar to Lolita, the story of a girl who was under the confines of her guardian, as Azar was under the oppression of the Iranian Parliament. Her tone on life and freedom changes throughout the book as she eventually leaves for the United States in nineteen ninety-seven. With rhetorical devices such as allusion, anaphora, and erotesis the reader is shown how these devices affected the tone of Azar as she tells her story.…show more content…
In Tehran, it was illegal to read these illicit books, and the often cruel punishments varied. From 76 lashes, to public stoning, to years in jail where some of the mild disciplinary actions that could happen if they were ever caught. Rhetorical devices are found throughout her work, and the one device frequently discussed in part one had been allusion. Many allusions were mentioned as she and her students discussed them such as various poems by Robert Frost, the book A Thousand and One Nights, and of course, Lolita. In part one of her memoir Azar talk about her students, and uses allusions to compare how their lives are similar to the fictional life of Lolita; A girl who was held prisoner by her appointed legal guardian with strict discipline and no freedom for years until she leaves her “cage” that she is
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