Different Historical And Cultural Barriers Affect The Way Literature And Other Forms Of Art Are Depicted

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Different historical and cultural barriers affect the way literature and other forms of art are depicted. Maggie Nelson, Azar Nafisi, and Tim O’Brien explore the effect of political and ideological contexts on various forms of art and the way they are created or viewed. In “Great to Watch,” Nelson criticizes the media for not considering the barrier that exists between those who are educated in understanding art and and those who are not because she finds that the people who are not well informed become “desensitized” to what they see. Throughout her story, “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” Nafisi explains the difficulty of being able to enjoy literature during an oppressive time period where a barrier between women and the Islamic regime exists. In the context of war, O’Brien explores the barrier between soldiers and civilians in “How to Tell a True War Story.” All of these authors find that different contexts create barriers that influence the ability of creators of various forms of art to tell their story and the way their audiences perceive them. They notice that political and ideological contexts cause creators and producers to focus their works on highlighting the barriers that exist in our world. Because people have different values and experiences, Nelson, Nafisi, and O’Brien find that the interpretations of works vary. Nelson is able to propose a solution for the barriers she discusses—between the art connoisseurs and the uninformed— while Nafisi and O’Brien become

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