The arts, literature, and other forms of communication can be inherently liberating, as it connects human beings to each other in a way which allows us to share each other’s perceptions, emotions, and experiences. In Azar Nafisi’s, “Selections from Reading Lolita in Tehran,” she clarifies that literature has the ability to reform the foundations of society itself, such as the government in Tehran which repressed the rights of women. Freedom has the power to give salvation to those who suffer from totalitarian control or any type of appalling repression. On the other hand, the author of “The Mind’s Eye: What the Blind See,” Oliver Sacks, explains how blind individuals are repressed from the world, as they are not able to perceive the world around them. However, with the abilities of imagination, these certain individuals were able to create individual worlds in their minds. These individuals’ imagination was used to compensate for their lack of sight. In order for us liberate ourselves, we must use our mind’s imagination from what we learn from literature, the arts, and the surrounding environments around us, so we can be the creators of our own individual worlds and think on a whole different level.
People begin to perceive and think about things very differently, when they allow themselves to use the powers of imagination. When people are faced with hardship or repressed in some sort of way, they begin to use this “imagination” to find a way to escape oppression and their troubles. Ideas from literature, especially that of books can become an escape for people; Nafisi reveals, “Against the tyranny of time and politics, imagine us the way we sometimes didn’t dare to imagine ourselves: in our most private and secret moments—falling in love, walking down the shady streets or reading Lolita in Tehran” (250). With the literature group, ideas of freedom started to emerge in the minds of these women. Learning about how Lolita was able to...
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