Nafisi's apartment - As the setting for many of the events in the book, this functions as an oasis of free thought and speech in a desert of repression.
The University of Tehran - This is the principal scene of battles between extremist Islamists and secular elements of the revolution.
The veil - This object is imposed on women by the regime. This object comes to symbolize all that Nafisi opposes in post-revolutionary Iran, and the loss of academic freedom and freedom of thought.
The morality squads - These punish those who transgress the strict Islamic codes, such as associations between unrelated men and women.
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