March 14, 2012
Critical Analysis Essay
"Mysterious Connections that Link Us Together"
In the essay "Mysterious Connections that Link Us Together" by Azar Nafisi, the author discusses how empathy brings connection to everyone and how we should consider other people feelings. This essay writes about empathy as something that connects us to others despite our differences with them. Whenever the author thinks about this capacity to reach out to others, she thinks of Huckleberry Finn and the runaway slave Jim, and how empathy is engendered by imagination. The author wants the reader to understand that through empathy we have deep connections to everyone. In her essay, she explains that empathy cannot be accomplished unless we enter someone else's world through imagination. During the essay, empathy is described as the "shock of recognition." Last, Azar Nafisi uses the first-person point of view to present her positive impact on how empathy draws connections to everyone, and empathy can't be done, unless we see from it another person's perspective or imagination.
First, the author explains her essay by giving her feelings and thoughts on empathy. Furthermore, the author uses multiple examples such as Huckleberry Finn, stories from other countries, and even her own personal experience. The author uses the literary nonfiction genre point of view which is in first-person point of view. Point of view is the perspective from which a piece of writing is narrated. In the essay Nafisi, she used first-person point of view based on the story's tone, the narrator, and the meaning. First person point of view can be described as the narrator participates in the story's action and is the "I" of the story; however, this does not necessarily mean that the narrator is the protagonist. First person point of view tends to be very personal and self-revelatory. The author first person point of view by...