Language And Social Relations In Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

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In the graphic novel, Persepolis, the author, Marjane Satrapi, uses language and social relations to achieve understanding of society. Marjane uses a child point-of-view to relay her story. As Marjane grows up she sees the difference between people who follow the new regime and the old regime. The period was during the Iranian Revolution. The revolution lasted just about a year, from January 1978 to February 1979. The goal of the Iranian revolution was to overthrow the Pahlavi Dynasty. Marjane’s parents, grandparents, and uncle were activists during the revolution. Each character in the novel played an important part in Marjane’s perception of the social relations by the role they portrayed in the Iranian revolution. In Iran people either followed the new regime or the old regime. During that time little Marjane Satrapi was exposed to the varying social relations in her society. When Marjane grew older she understood the social relations of society by the new wardrobe forced upon women, boys being trained to be sent to wat at the age of 18, and her family’s part in the revolution. First off, when the new shah was appointed he demanded that women wore veils and cover ups. Women had a strict dress code while mean could wear just about whatever they wanted to. In the schools, it was strictly enforced and out on the streets by the guardians of the revolution. If a woman walked about the streets not wearing her veil she could get into some serious trouble with the guardians,

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