Iranian Culture Review Test

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Hamid Poorsafar Final Exam Iranian Culture Review Test #2 Part 1 1.1 Persian carpets are filled with a variety of stylized floral and foliate motifs, many classifiable as chinoiserie, including lotus, arabesques, vines and blossoms. Human and animal figures and tableaux from Persian literature also occur occasionally. 1.2 The importance of the son or younger generation dying to renew the older generation (different from the American way of ‘you have had your time’). 1.3 In stamp image 45 we can see spring time images that relate to Iranians wanting to have the spring time year around through the Eid celebrations. The stamp shows a picture of familiar items seen on a haft seen table that Iranian families create during Eid. 1.4 The painting images that present mosques have several aspects that relate to Iranian culture. For one, the shape of mosques represents the ascension into heaven much like the structure of Pasargadae where Cyrus the Great is. In Persian structures, Iranians are more concerned about the shape of the building than they are about the height. Further, many of the mosques in the paintings have florescent images reminiscent of spring time gardens and elegant calligraphy, both of which have important cultural relevance. 1.5 In “I Feel Sorry for the Garden” by Forugh Farrokhzad, the father illustrates the Iranian specific theme of indifference, carpe diem in that the father has no regard for the world outside his room and allows the garden in the story to ‘be’. Such feelings are also strongly reinforced in Khayyam’s work. 1.6 I believe Taarof, the Iranian verbal system, is incompatible with general American culture. The complicated system of manners that Iranians call Taarof is in stark contrast to the direct, frank American method of behavior and speech. I have found myself, at times, to be stuck between the two. 1.7 With the fatalistic and pessimistic tone of The Blind Owl , I would say that Sadeq Hedayat closely resembles Omar Khayyam. Omar Khayyam found distrust in authorities, held a pessimistic attitude about what the future would bring, and believed in the importance of the present. The pessimistic, dark tone of The Blind Owl is also comparable to “Winter” and “Along the Riverside” where winter and the lack of a sun represent depression and gloominess to the narrators. 1.8 Forugh Farrokhzad in “Someone Who Is not Like Anyone Else” shows a less-than-optimistic portrait of Iran’s future when she questions the ability of people who have authority to make significant changes to society where it is evident. She says: “And the people in the slaughter- house neighborhood where even the earth in their gardens is bloody and even the water in their courtyard pools is bloody and even their shoe soles are bloody, why don’t they do something? Why don’t they do something? How lazy the winter sunshine is.” Farrokhzad questions the apparent in Iranian society and questions why those who have the ability to
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course HISTORY 322D taught by Professor Hunt during the Fall '11 term at University of Texas.

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