Analysis Of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

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As a kid, there are many different aspects that affect how you begin to see the actuality of the world. There is a definite point in your life when you start to understand the meaning of life and everyone will comprehend and experience it differently. Marjane Satrapi 's process of acceptance and awareness affects her beliefs and perspective on religion, gender roles, and loss of innocence in her book Persepolis.

For instance, a theme that affects the touching true story, Persepolis is the idea of gender roles. The picture illustrates the side of a girl that represents what society believes the proper lifestyle of a girl in their society is. As the other side shows her honest side and how she sees herself, not who everyone demands the said girl to be. This idea is carried into Marjane’s story. For example, all the leaders and high authority figures mentioned in the story were male. In addition, another example in Persepolis is the way women were treated and disrespected. This is shown multiple times throughout the story, such as, the incident where two men bombarded Marjane’s mother and told her that women like her should be raped against a wall and thrown in the garbage (Satrapi 74). Later on, the family watches on the television, the corrupt idea behind the women 's strict dress codes. The words, “Women’s hair emanates rays that excite men. That’s why women should cover their hair” (Satrapi 74). This statement exemplifies how in Iran women are treated differently and
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