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Unformatted text preview: -1 Iranian Culture Looking at Iranian culture through the eyes of the poor and the eyes of the rich is very different. The film "Children of Heaven" shows the poor aspect of the Iranian society. The book "Reading Lolita in Tehran" shows the more upper class society. Both of these societies are portrayed as post-revolutionary. In "Children of Heaven", the family shown is very poor. The one child loses his sisters shoes and since they are so poor the family can not afford another pair. The family lives in one room of a very big house that they rent out. Although they are very poor they still own a television which is surprising. The family shared one source of water with all it's surrounding neighbors. The children did the normal stuff a child would do, go to school and help their parents. The father in this story was uneducated and served tea at a factory for a living. Although the father had no real authority in the work place, he was the authority at home. The mother in this story also told the children what to do, but the father still had the underlining say. In this society there is a very distinct separation of the rich from the poor. One day the father and child decide to go into the north section of Tehran to look for a job gardening. The father rings a intercom, but cannot find the words to speak to an upper- class citizen. This shows that the society is so different from the eyes of the poor and the rich. The father does not even know how to speak to someone of more wealth even though they speak the same language. The naive children steps in a has no problem communicating with the rich. The child does not yet know of this separation of the rich from the poor, the boys family is from the south but he thinks nothing of it. This topic of from the poor, the boys family is from the south but he thinks nothing of it....
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course HUM 286 taught by Professor Bradburd during the Spring '08 term at Clarkson University .
- Spring '08