Blog #4

In chapter nineteen now in Washington, Nafisi’s children recall a particular day in Tehran. Members of the “Revolutionary Committee,” apparently a sort of paramilitary police intelligence entity, demanded entry to Nafisi’s home in order to gain access to a neighbor’s property — a neighbor who was wanted for apparent involvement in drug activity. The agents enter and take positions on the rear balcony. A gun battle breaks out with the wanted neighbor. But all Nafisi can think about is the carefully hidden, and forbidden, satellite dish on that balcony. In chapter twenty two of Nafisi’s students, Manna and Nima (the male student who met Nafisi separately), fell in love because of their common passion for literature. One of their literature professors especially disliked them both because they wrote papers that were not in agreement with his views on literature. It said “Professor X, who nurtured a sophisticated and persistent hatred towards them both, Nima and Manna.” and “His principal quarrel with Manna and Nima was sparked by a paper Manna wrote on Robert Frost. At the next session, he informed the class about his various disagreements with her thesis, and asked them to vote on the matter.

In Chapter twenty-one Following a discussion of the nature of men who would become sexually aroused by the sight of a female’s lock of hair, it is suggested that men should be castrated rather than women wear the veil. The Ayatollah Khomeini, in his The Political, Philosophical, Social and Religious Principles of Ayatollah Khomeini suggests that a man may cure his sexual appetites by having sex with animals. Ideas such as this are taken seriously and discussed in depth by the regime’s elite. Much of the population reads such works for laughs. And Sanaz who has been missing for a week finally decides to come back.

The audience after herself I think is people we are interested in learning more about the subjects that she talks about or people that are interested in people that rebel in books and do what they believe in. Nafisi describes her experiences living in Iran from 1979 to 1997. The country had just undergone a revolution when she returned in the late 1970s from schooling abroad, and an oppressive theocracy took the place of a western-influenced monarchy. So yes, the author does effectively fit her message to the circumstances, times, and audience. She comes across as a person who knows what they are saying or doing. Although she doesn’t come out and say I am this great author and you should know about me but thru her writing you can tell that she is knowledgeable. So her reputation does convey a certain authority.

The questions I did were Who have been or might be secondary audiences?Does the author/speaker effectively fit his/her message to the circumstances, times, and audience?Does the speaker’s reputation convey a certain authority?

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