"Reading Lolita in Tehran" summary

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  • "Reading Lolita in Tehran" is a memoir about an auhtor who is discussing the constraints that her, her friend, and all women are facing in her home country.
  • The entry begins with the author talking about her friend Sanaz. She is being very cautious and trying cover all articles of clothing and her hair as well.
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  • "...puts on her black robe and scarf over her huge gold earrings. She directs wayward strands of hair under the scarf...to put on thin lacy black gloves to hide her nail polish.
  • The author then proceeds to talk about how Sanaz is walking down the street with her head down trying to avoid all eye contact with everyone she walks past.
  • Then the author goes on to explain that the bus seating is segragated. women in the back men in the front.
  • "If she gets on the bus the seating is segregated. She must enter through the rear door and sit in the back seats, allocated to women."
  • The memoir entry then goes into the thoughts the author's (Azar Nafisi) thoughts on the struggles that women are facing and the young rebellious women who intend to fight back.
  • In conclusion, "Reading Lolita in Tehran" is a memoir about a young woman walking to her friends house. Along the way she is thinking of the struggles that she and all women are facing in her country.
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