'Reading Lolita In Tehran,' The Mega-Marketing Of Depression In Japan?

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In both, Azar Nafisi’s, “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” and Ethan Watters’, “The Mega-Marketing of Depression in Japan” there is an overlap on the themes of cultural narratives and personal choices. In “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” Azar Nafisi illustrates her class meeting with her girls, who are driven to learn about the relation between fantasy and reality. The Islamic State – the high force – in this selection, rules over the girls and Nafisi reveals the emotions and enhances her girls’ reactions to the freedom that is experienced in her living room. In “The Mega-Marketing of Depression in Japan,” Ethan Watters explains how the Japanese view depression, melancholy, and sadness as beneficial to the individual, and how the Western conception of an illness has been deliberately exported to various countries. Cultural narratives in the given society help shape the community and allow an individual to get a better understanding of the general principals and societal norms. Narratives such as literature aspects in Nafisi’s selection and the interpretation of illnesses in Watters’ essay, provide an individual with an opportunity he or she needs to understand the available choices he or she is provided with. Whether it be related to medicine, workplace or household, such cultural narratives help construct one’s everyday tasks, while allowing the individual to experience and to live his or her dreams through fantasy. Individuals who are oppressed or restricted – physically, emotionally,

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