Iran: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By Madison Latham

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Madison Latham

Period: 2

Nation of your choice:  Iran

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country):   Iran caught my eye when I found an article that jumped out at me about a bombing of a U.S.Carrier.   This article caught my attention, and I wanted to look more into this.  Iran is full of political, economical and social issues, which to my benefit helped me choose a country to research.  I don't know much about the Middle East besides the countless bombing and wars.  I thought it would be interesting to learn about these issues, and get a solid understanding of the Middle East.  

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues):  Iran is located in the center of the Middle East.  Surrounding the country is Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Turkey.   The capital of Iran is Tehran which is located in the center of the country.   The region of Iran is mostly desert but also has an active city life.  Iran is filled with many different religions, lifestyles and customs.  This county was unknown to me, and I wanted to looking deeper.  

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research):  In my research I assume I will discover a lot of bombing, upraising, political disrupt and so on.  I knew this country would have countless information on the issues that continue in the Middle East.  Iran sparked my interest while I was researching countries.  What I hope to find in my research is more about the corrupt country and the wars that continue to happen.  I hope in my research I grasp a full understanding of all what is happening in Iran.  I hope to discover more about Iran vs. the U.S. and why the wars continue on. 

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community):   This global community became an importance to me when my uncle moved to the Middle East for business reasons and was stationed there for a few years.  He was luckily safe, but that didn't change the fact he was still at risk of danger.   I didn't know much about the Middle East so I was researching around the countries, and found Iran.  This unknown country to me grabbed my attention.  My uncle wasn't stationed in Iran thankfully but I continued to be excited about learning what Iran really is. So now I can officially say Iran has come an importance to me.

New York Times Topics: Iran

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name:   Madison Latham

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks):  "Netanyahu Speech Raises Burden for Obama on Iran Nuclear Talks"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized):  New York Times

Essay Author:  Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael d. Shears

Date of Publication:  March 3, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement:  U.S. and Iran nuclear agreement  

Quote:   As the prominent author Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael Shears write, "If anything, todays speech pushed moderate Democrats into more of a wait-and-see approach, because it was such a rare event to see a sitting prime minister come over and take issue with a U.S. president on a matter of foreign policy importance" said by John Ullyot, managing director of the High Lantern Group and a former top Republican foreign policy aide in the Senate.


Comment:  Mr. Netanyahu's throughly argues before the members of Washington Congress and Senate: "The Israeli leader essentially urging landowners to trust him- not Mr. Obama".  Mr. Netanyahu, irritated, has Mr. Obama dismiss the pressure of the nuclear argument, leaving discussions up to congress.   Mr. Netanyahu, feared U.S. and Isis shall ally and destroy Iran, he threatened to call the "countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare".  One month later, Mr. Obama sought to succeed in an agreement with Iran leader, reaching a solid agreement.   

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name:  Madison Latham

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks):  "In Congress, Netanyachu Faults 'Bad Deal' on Iran Nuclear Program"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Peter Baker

Date of Publication: March 3, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement:  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called "bad deal" and challenge President Obama

Quote:   Peter Baker himself writes, "The alternative that the prime minister offers is no deal, in which case Iran will immediately begin once again pursuing its nuclear program, accelerate its nuclear program, without us having any insight into what they're doing and without constraint,"  In the words of Ashton B. Carter.

Comment:  I assume Iran is going to take action sooner or later.  They aren't taking they're nuclear program lightly, they just want everyone to feel threatened by them.   This deal lasted for 10 or more so years, involving the missile program and the nuclear launches. This constant tension between these two rivals has kept the problem ongoing for many years.  Now that Iran's nuclear bomb is at America's attention, and is now accounted as a threat, Iran feels they are holding the reins for these two countries.  Since Iran talking is this "no deal" situation, it is getting old for the Americans because we just fear the casualties and damages a war could cause to both the Iranians and Americans.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):  "Democrats In Congress Give Obama Breathing Room On Nuclear Talks With Iran"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized):  New York Times

Essay Author:   Julie Hirschfeld

Date of Publication: March 4, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) Hirschfeld speaks as a narrator, in her following article.  As she sits in the congress room, she speeches of what is happening, the cold hard facts of the political agruements.  All though she speaks with the fact, she does not seem bias toward a certain side of the nations.  In her sort of speech, Hirschfeld

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)   The theme of this article, as the author writes from its primary source, is about speeding up the process of undergoing the the nuclear deal.  This deal's deadline is soon going to be given up, due to the indecisive leaders.  The message the author writes on focuses more on the side of an American.  This American author writes, observing the reactions and words of Mr. Obama in the Congress room. This specific nuclear business gave Mr. Obama some more stress but a lot to think about, like the lives of the Americans, soldiers and families.  In the Congress room Mr. Obama and the Iran Prime Minister speak further on this case.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?)  The tone of this article was a straight forward, formal article.  I found this article very interesting because the author emphasizes Mr. Obama and Prime Minister of Iran Netanyachu's discussion very serious.  The tension between the two was very obvious and made note of in this article.  The tone of the rivals was a straight to business, not time for fun talk sort-of-deal.  

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.)  Throughout the article, several stylistic devices were used that were slyly given by the author.   These sly maneuvers gave strong emphasis on the matters being discussed in the article.  The tone of the article was constant but the styli devices were visible if you could pick them up.  They weren't used very often in this specific article but in the other ones I have read about Iran they were.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)  This article is politically written for the New York Times.  The structure, is very formal and direct. Its gives strong arguments and facts of the nuclear deal between the Americans and Iranians.  The article provides many quotes said by high authorities in this case.  These quotes said by the people in Congress helped you grasp the situation.  As the author writes, she gives a brief description of the life in the Congress room.  With the high authorities and spectators in the room, Hirschfeld gathered this information.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):  "Obama Says He Told Netanyahu That Talk Before Election Hurt the Peace Process"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized):  New York Times

Essay Author:  Julie Hirschfeld

Date of Publication:  March 21, 20153

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?)  This article focuses on the Obama and Netanyahu rivalry.  Another factor of this cause being the re-election of a Palestinian state and it resulting in conflict.  Mr. Obama was very frowned upon this matter with Netanyahu, as they discussed March 17th.  These two make their hatred of each other public on interviews, and Netanyahu taking it to the level of posting on Facebook.  This behavior is barely being tolerated in Congress and resolve it all.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)  As for the theme of this article, it included the hatred rivalry between the Iran and American leaders.  The tension of the two are getting far worst nd they can't stand each other.  This whole nuclear program threat has been a huge drawback for both our countries causing unnecessary drama between both nations.  Especially with the re-election of a Palestinian state, and that causing a conflict.  Mr. Obama gives a strong opinion about his thoughts and remarks towards the Prime Minister.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The tone of this article was used straight forward, and formally spoken.  Hirschfeld emphasizes the quotes said by Mr. Obama, and the important information said in the article. At the end of the article, she emphasizes the aggressive tone in Mr. Obama's voice.  Mr. Obama's strong opinions were illustrated in this article in many ways, for example his snappy moods, and dramatic talks on public television.  This article highlights the mutual attitudes.  

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.)   As for this article, there was no stylistic devices, all though I was very cautious about picking the devices up, I couldn't.  This piece written by Julie Hirschfeld, a personal favorite author for the times, has written many articles for the times.  And in the articles I have read she has evenly divided the articles of formal, cold hard facts, and stylistic writings.  Her pieces helped me grasp an understanding of Iran's dispute.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The structure of this article was a formal, well written article for the New York Times.  Many quotes were used to emphasize Mr. Obama's opinion towards Iran.   The quotes, helped to set the tone for where their friendship lies.  For both the American and Iran side, the feelings were mutual.  As the author writes, the article was written around this topic of the countries.  It helped shape feelings of all.

Letter to...

Madison Latham

50 Ursuline Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

March 25, 2015

Thomas Erdbrink

620 Eighth Avenue

New York NY, 10018.

Dear Thomas Erdbrink,

My name is Madison Latham and I go to Cardinal Newman High School, it is a private school located in Santa Rosa, California. I write you today discussing the article you wrote, “Seven Die in Iran After Drinking Homemade Alcohol” for the New York Times. And I would love to share my thoughts with you.

The prohibition policy has caused many problems in Iran, like the one you wrote about. When I came across this prohibition policy in Iran, I was taken back by this strict rule code of conduct. Your article helped me realize how big this problem is, and helped me understand the bigger conflict.

On this specific matter, because my feeling are mixed. I do not support this idea of banning alcohol in Iran, but I do find myself agreeing with the religious factor of the meaning. This law has seem to cause more problems than the problem itself. The overall banning and religious factor of it all doesn’t add up to me. Alcohol doesn’t affect a relationship with God unless you let it get in the way. If alcohol became a huge drawback of the society’s religious experience that might cause a problem for them, but simply having a drink won’t hurt you or your relationship with God. Creating this law, made the Iranians more sneaky and deceitful, which frankly, I believe can fracture a relationship with God. Reading this article gave me a disconcerted feeling. This problem overall is causing too much tension between the people and the Iran government. Which I believe both are to blame on their parts. I agree that the government has all control, though a point that needs more attention is so many people are becoming prone to alcohol, the government should take this law a little more lightly. And in return of the governments withdraw from the law, the people give them respect. I very much enjoyed learning from your perspective on this matter, even though I agree and disagree simultaneously, I loved learning from your point.

Reading this piece not only enlightened me, but gave me more of a global understanding of what the rest of the world is faced with daily. Thank you for reading my thoughts and comments, I would love to hear back. I know California is far away, but a response would mean the world to me. Thank you for your time and brilliant work.

Sincerely,

Madison Latham

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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2 years ago
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