Monday, February 6, 2012

Exploration 6

Shrouded in Contradiction

I believe the writer feels conflicted because she is upset about her clothes. Women in Tehran wear clothes that do not show barely any skin and they get ridiculed and judged if they do not. Now she is in America where she wears normal clothes that show lots of skin. I think she shares this conflict because she is unsure on what to think. She is unsure if she should wear clothes like she did in her childhood, or like America. I also share a struggle with working out. I would rather do something else with my time but on the other hand i want to still attempt to stay fit.

The Revolution of Spirit

I chose the the passage from Aung San Suu Kyi. This was told by her son because she was unable to accept it in person. He goes on to say how she accepts the prize not for herself but for all the people of Burma. This was significant to me because it really told how she didn't care about herself but the people around her. She did not want the best for herself but the best for everyone.

I did some research Aung San Suu Kyi, the mother of the author. She was born in Burma and later moved back to Burma in 1988. She led a pro-democracy movement in hopes of returning freedom to the people of Burma. Her most famous speech was Freedom from Fear, which portrays how fear is what corrupts. She was diagnosed with terminal prostrate cancer in 1997. We can learn a lot from this author as to how freedom is something we need. Freedom is not going to just happen and people need to step up and work to gain freedom for the world.



  1. I agree. She probably is torn between what is normal for herself, not to mention she will be punished if she does'nt wear the hijab in Tehran. I definitly feel your pain about working out. It's so hard to get motivated, but being fit is always a plus!

    1. Women have had the hardest time making the changes needed. They have been perceive by men down through the ages as "the weaker sex", but we all know this is untrue. Making men who have been in charge in their culture is difficult indeed.

    2. I would have to agree about her great contradiction that she has to go through. I don't see myself every having to dress the way that everyone else does just so that I can be accepted, as they say "the squeaky wheel gets the grease" meaning the one who stands out gets noticed, but I suppose this is a bad thing in her situation.