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Cheung Andrew Cheung Stephanie Clare Expository Writing BU 26 March 2008 Tangible Fiction From threads of thought to a quilt of imagination, when is it that a writer’s work truly becomes fiction? Fiction itself is a façade, a story designed to appeal to one’s sense and entertain or lead in one way or another. This story can allow an individual to escape into their senses, but it depends solely on the individual as to how this escape is made and how it is used. In “Selections from: Reading Lolita in Tehran ”, Azar Nafisi writes of the totalitarian regime reigning over Iran and how she and her students created their own escape through fictional novels. In contrast, David Abram, author of “The Ecology of Magic”, writes of how Shamans and magic men alike act as mediators of perception and of how modern America has lost touch with certain senses that has created a world within a world. Both authors touch on the similar topics of fiction, sense and control. Throughout Nafisi’s writing it is seen that fiction takes an apparent and controlling role in both a totalitarian society and in Nafisi’s personal life while during Abram’s writing fiction results from a loss of shamanistic ideals. And since fiction results in shamanisms absence, it can be argued that the discussion of shamanism would be unable to provide any form of resistance to totalitarian or fictional ideas. Before diving into the intricacies of fiction and its applications, one must first understand the idea and origin behind fiction itself. Formally, Fiction is defined as literature in the form of stories and novels that describes imaginary people and events. 1
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Cheung But the idea of fiction can be taken even farther and can be taken out of the bounds of literature. The idea of fiction can be applied to perceptions and reality. Regarding fiction in the tangible sense Nafisi writes, “An absurd fictionality ruled our lives…. We no longer knew the answers” (Nafisi 353). Here it is shown that life can be imagined and even in this imaginary world, reality can exist. Nafisi goes on to prove this point when she wonders, “Perhaps one way of finding out the truth was to do what we did: to try to imaginatively articulate these two worlds and, through that process, give shape to our vision and identity” (Nafisi 353). The key to this quote is when Nafisi gives “shape” to her “vision and identity” because it is in doing this that she defines a fictional character, only this time it is for herself. Finally Abram gives light to the perceptive side of fiction
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