Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis: An Analysis

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In the novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, culture has the ability to create and end conflicts in society. The government plays a tremendous role in culture and has a lot to do with conflicts that may occur in society. Throughout the book Persepolis the author shows the reader how different people in power like the Shah and Ayatollah strongly influence Iran 's culture over the years. Things like requiring women to wear veils, executing political prisoners, and the guardians of the revolution all influence Iranians culture. When the Shah was in power the islamic revolution had been taking place. This made it mandatory for girls to wear the veil in school. “In 1979 a revolution took place. It was later called the islamic revolution. Then came…show more content…
The government and culture in Iran had shifted. Instead of being imprisoned for being a political prisoner people were just killed. With the Islamic regime in power also came the guardians of the revolution. These women were in charge of making sure people were not improperly veiled, “They were guardians of the revolution, the women 's branch. This group had been added in 1982, to arrest women who were improperly veiled.” (Satrapi, 2003, p.132) This is another way culture creates conflicts. Before the islamic revolution it wasn 't mandatory that women wear the veils. The Iranians did not have a group of people that were responsible in making sure people were in a mandatory piece of clothing. Many things had changed for Iranians culturally in being under an islamic regime. Many things that was apart of them before the regime was banned from them during it which changed their countries culture. They no longer could choose not to wear their veils, speak their minds about how they felt about the government that they were under, and didn 't even have the option of wearing what they wanted to wear. Culture has everything to do with creating and ending conflicts in society and the novel Persepolis is a Quintessential example

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