What is the summary for Part 2, Chapters 10-12 of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books?

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During the hostage crisis in 1980, Nafisi begins to roam the streets of Tehran with Jeff, an American reporter from New York. She feels a need to connect with the country in which she lived for so many years. She writes letters to her American friends about what Iran is like, yet she never sends them.

At the time the class is reading Gatsby, more crackdowns are being imposed. Dancing and ballet are banned. Nafisi’s students are a bit confused by Gatsby. A story of unfaithfulness and love form an odd juxtaposition when revolution is the main focus in their lives. Nafisi tells them the novel is about the American Dream, and also about dreams in general. She informs them that both Mike Gold and F. Scott Fitzgerald both wrote about dreams. Gold’s dreams are the dreams of the Revolution, which is being fought out before them. It is an ideological and totalitarian fight. Nafisi sees the irony in talking about the American Dream, when from the windows come cries of "Death to America!"

In November 1979 Nafisi cancels class. She is going to a demonstration to protest the attempts of the government to mandate the wearing of the veil. Many of her students have quietly sided with the government, or else decided that this is not a big enough battle to bother fighting. She notices that her students are more respectful than she had been when she was their age.

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