Our world today is full of many powerful influences. Just think about your daily activities. When you wake up, do you check your phone or watch TV? Do you listen to the radio on the way to school? Do you follow all the new trends? Do you listen to your friend’s and parent’s advice? If you have answered yes to any of these questions you’ve been influenced by the world around you at some point in your life. Click on the link below to take a survey: This is obligatory 🙂
The world’s biggest influence, whether it directly affects you or not, is the government’s influence. Think about it. You are lucky; you live in a democratic country where people can vote and speak their mind without living in fear of persecution. The possibilities of what you can do here are endless, to an extent. 🙂 But if you were to live in Iran during the Iranian Revolution, like Marji and her family, the government would limit you in more ways than one. If you have ever watched TV during the months before elections you know that much of the commercials are either for or against a certain candidate. Even though we aren’t of voting age yet, imagine that you are. The video below is an ad against Governor Malloy. Watch it and reflect on how it changes your opinion about him.
Another video explains how political ads actually work by making the candidates seem relatable. It appeals to human senses and draws you into watching the commercial.
Now reflect back to the book. If we were living in Iran like Marji we would never have the option to vote or have a say in the way the country is run. How does this change the way that people feel towards their country and government? How does this lack of a voice lead to rebellion?
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