Reading Lolita In Tehran

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“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion, “by Albert Camus. Throughout the texts in the collection they deal with a struggle for freedom that is demanded and not given. In the texts “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Junior, “Cairo: My City Our Revolution” by Ahdaf Soueif and “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi the texts deal with demanding freedom instead of freedom being given. Freedom should be demanded because legal documents do not ensure freedom, it requires an effort by all people, and oppressive governments erase individuality. Freedom is demanded because legal documents do not guarantee equal rights or freedom. This is conveyed by, “we cannot be satisfied as long as Negros basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one; we can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and…show more content…
To these people they know that the United States’ original founders created the Declaration of Independence they wrote that all men were to be created equal and this is how freedom was given. The evidence however supports that freedom must be demanded. In the story “The Censors” by Lusia Valenzuela the quote, “...Juan wouldn’t overdo it: any distraction could make him lose his edge and the perfect censor had to be alert, keen, attentive, and sharp to nab cheats. He had a truly patriotic task, both self-denying and uplifting” (Valenzuela 91-92). This quote shows how the government can portray the illusion of while simultaneously oppressing the people. The part about how Juan had a truly patriotic task was sarcastic because it was making him a mindless drone who was doing work for the government. In addition even when Juan found his letter he turned himself in even though when he originally wrote the letter he had nothing that would potentially cause it to be turned into the
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