Comparing Frederick Kohner's Gidget And Persepolis

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Both Frederick Kohner’s film Gidget and Marjane Satrapi’s novel Persepolis argue that teenagers are powerful. Both authors express this concept by having the teenagers get their way with adults and their parents, express their own opinions despite what others think, and have an influence on others. In the film Gidget, Kohner expresses the idea of teenagers getting their way with their parents multiple times throughout the movie. In the beginning of the film, when Francie wants to purchase a surfboard so that she can learn how to surf. When she asks her parents for the first time, the parents were very reluctant in spending so much money on a surfboard. After enough begging and reasoning with them, the father wrote out a check for her to purchase a surfboard. In the novel Persepolis, we see Marjane getting away with a lot of things that she could have been in huge trouble for. For example, after Marjane buys some punk rock tapes, she is stopped by the Guardians of the Revolution. They told Marjane that because she was wearing punk rock clothes, she would be taken to the committee where she would be detained, whipped, or worse. To prevent this from happening, Marjane tells a lot of lies to these people, saying her parents beat her and that they will disown her if she doesn’t get home. After this, she miraculously is released by the Guardians and she gets home safely. In the film Gidget, Kohner expresses the idea that teenagers can express their own opinions and interests,

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