Prisoner Of Tehran by Marina Nemat

Page 261 ¶5

“As soon as we arrived at the gate of Luna Park, a revolutionary guard stopped us. He was cursing at the cold rain. He asked us our names, took a wet piece of paper out of his pocket, checked it, and let us through. We looked around. Except for a few large booths at the back, the place looked like an empty parking lot with revolutionary guards protecting it. I couldn’t see any familiar faces, but my new friend ran toward a man and a woman who had just come in and were both crying. A few minutes later, I saw my parents. I ran, held them, and couldn’t let go. As we walked to the car my mother began struggling with her umbrella, which refused to open.”

In the “Prisoner of Tehran” by Marina Nemat, the reunion of Marina and her family was a very emotional scene. The description of Luna Park paints a somber mood and the diction plays its part in the grand scheme also. An instance of the mood is when Marina starts talking about the appearance of the park, “Except for a few large booths at the back, the place looked like an empty parking lot with revolutionary guards protecting it”, this sentence shows the condition of the park and the desolation that has taken over Marina’s life in the fact that she no longer sees an underlying beauty in the place that symbolized her freedom.

The words Marina used also affected the mood of the passage. The diction in “a revolutionary guard stopped us. He was cursing at the cold rain. He asked us our names, took a wet piece of paper out of his pocket, checked it, and let us through.” In this part Marina understated the sights and sounds even though she could have used more descriptive words, this make the text much simpler and fills it with emotion.