Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Shrouded in Contradiction

A major contradiction in this story is that the young woman feels torn between two different ways of life. One being an obedient Muslim in Tehran Iran, and the other taking place in her new American home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While staying in Iran she is forced to wear hijab, the Islamic covering, and at times she misses being able to feel the wind blow threw her hair. Having to go back and forth between two life styles is a hard adjustment for her to make. This causes her to question her views on Islam and to ask why women are so different from men. My favorite passage takes place after she gets in trouble for not wearing her scarf correctly. She states, "I want to argue. I feel like a child. Defiant, but powerless. Burning with injustice, but also with a hint of shame. I do as I am told, feeling acutely conscious of the bare skin I am covering". I like this passage because you can really understand how she is feeling, and how difficult it is for her to adjust to two different life styles.


Reid Morgan said...

It is very hard to argue with years of tradition. If it is your culture and you belive in it the you should follow it but if you don't like the idea then either move to some place were it won't affect you or tolerate it.

saynab said...

well she should learn both culutre in order to understand both culutre. it is not hot to wear hijab whenyou born and rais in muslim society. its for to wear hijab beacuse she didnt prictice her orginal culture.she was more western nice.

MeganS said...

I think the passage that you posted says a lot about the author's mind set. From living in America she learned to react the way that she did initially but then quickly realizes that Iran is very different. I think that switching from American culture to Islamic culture would require a great deal of respect for other's values.