Blog Entry #3 (14–18)

With these chapters Azi goes more in depth about how Lolita’s situation correlates to how these women are living during the Islamic Revolution (“I mean, the censors, or some of our politicized critics, don’t they do the same thing, cutting up books and re-creating them in their own image? What Ayatollah Khomeini tried to do to our lives, turning us, as you said, into figments of his imagination, he also did to our fiction.”). I find this more interesting to read because it talks about the lifestyle these ladies had to endure. When Azar just talks about the book, it seems like I’m reading a book review which isn’t the most exciting thing to read.

When prompted with the question “Why is it that stories like Lolita and Madame Bovary- stories that are so sad, so tragic-make us happy?,” Azi finds out that Nabokov believes that every great novel is a fairy tale. I think that the quote “Every fairy tale offers the potential to surpass present limits, so in a sense the fairy tale offers you freedoms that reality denies,” pretty much sums up the theme of this story. These women turn to books to fully express themselves in a world where they were denied that freedom (“It allowed us to defy the repressive reality outside the room- not only that, but to avenge ourselves on those who controlled our lives.”).

  1. What is the content of the message? Can you summarize the main idea?
  2. How does the author or speaker appeal to reason/emotion?
  3. What is the rhetorical situation?
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