Marjane parents often attended political protest and they supported the revolutionaries when they had a chance. Her uncle Anoosh fled to the U.S.S.R because the Iranian authority believed t he was a spy. Later she got close to her uncle and he was executed and she was very devastated. Marjane at a young age wanted to fix community inequalities and make the world a better place so the elder would not suffer. Although it is hard for her to do that because the bombs falling on Tehran and killing her friends and family.
Have you ever experienced anything that made you grow up faster than you should have? Have you ever been forced to do something that changed the way you live and think? Or have you ever tried to hide something you strongly believed in because other people 's perspective about you might change? This happens a lot in today 's society, but it also happened to Marjane Satrapi. Marjane tells her story through her novel, Persepolis, and it helps show how things in the world can drastically change someone’s perspective. The imperialism that took place in Marjane’s country, the religion that Marjane strongly believed in, and Marjane’s loss of innocence while she was very young, all affected her perspective throughout the graphic novel, Persepolis.
There has always been tension between the Indian and British people because of the the British People's colonial rule in India from 1858 to 1947. In By Any Other Name you will see many examples of the tension between the two ethnicities. The memoir about two Indian sisters, Premila and Santha, and their difficulties in British schools. In By Any Other Name, the author Santha Rama Rau uses diction, imagery, and tone to express a central message about personal culture and how you should stay true to your personal identity even if you are judged.
Persepolis, published completely in October of 2007, is a graphic memoir which encompasses the childhood and adolescence of Marjane Satrapi in Iran during and following the 1979 Islamic Revolution and her teenage years spent in Austria. Satrapi uses her life experiences from living in these two contrasting societies, as portrayed in the graphic memoir, to break the many stereotypes that those reading from a Western perspective may or may not have by showing them women’s roles, Iranian culture, youth culture, and the everyday action of the average citizen of Iran.
For instance, Marjane’s loss of innocence changes her perspective from when she was a child to when she grows older. This photo of spoiled milk represents loss of innocence because a person will, as a child, be innocent and well-behaved. When a loss of innocence takes place, a person can turn into a rebel. They aren 't as innocent as they used to be. Loss of innocence is a crucial idea when Marjane grows older. When Marjane is a child, she was very obedient. She followed the rules of Islam and the rules that her parents had established. As Marjane grows older, she begins to lose her innocence. She grows into this girl who is rotten. She does not obey Islam, she begins to not obey her parents, and she causes trouble in her school. Marjane can be compared to spoiled milk. She starts off her life being good, but then over time becomes sinful and rotten. Satrapi demonstrates this idea of loss of innocence a lot throughout the book. One example is when Satrapi says, “at the age of six I was already sure that I was the last prophet” (6).
One way they do this is by not allowing Marji to attend the demonstrations against the Shah. On page 16, Marji expresses her extreme desire to go demonstrate with her parents the next day. Marji’s father, Ebi, claims that “it is very dangerous. They shoot people!” (17), and that Marji “can participate later on” (17). These restrictions anger Marji greatly, because she wants to become an adult and attend the demonstrations right alongside her parents. Following the demonstrations, when the actual war starts, Marji’s parents take her on a vacation to Italy and Spain, for three whole weeks. This may seem to Marji as a fun vacation, but its true purpose is because the Satrapi family may never get to go on vacation again, and the war is coming and they do not want to be in Iran when it begins. Without her parents Marji would be stuck in Iran, helpless, and most likely dead from the demonstrations. Satrapi creates the motif of Marji’s parents caring about her to show how significant their actions are for Marji’s life and well being. This means that even though the war is coming and Marji’s parents could be busy demonstrating against it, they choose to be there for Marji and get her out of there, to somewhere where she is safe for a
Firstly, pages 70-71 demonstrate Marjane’s inner conflict with her emotions, beliefs, and mind after the loss of her uncle. In order to convey the grief, Marjane feels, Satrapi draws a frowning mouth, downturned eyebrows, and an emanate of tear drops on Marjane’s face. Additionally, in the 4th panel with god, speech bubbles have jagged edges, which symbolise the ferocity of Marjane’s voice and her extreme anger towards god. These outbursts of anger and sadness, signify her unstable emotions. Furthermore, Satrapi draws Marjane on her bed with arms open and looking up to express that Marjane is trying to find some kind of confirmation that “everything will be alright”. However, Marjane 's expression is sad while she says this and shows she is not alright. This reveals that Marjane is in denial and how contradictory her words to her emotions are. Furthermore, the next page displays
Marjane grew up in a place where her ideas did not conform to the laws practices, or society as a whole. After a short amount of time in her youth, she realized that she couldn’t find or even be who she was born to be, giving her several struggles growing up and many identity problems. In Iran, the Islamic fundamentalist were in power, and their rule was extremely strict; the last thing they wanted was women and minorities to rise against the power, so her feelings had to be suppressed in order to survive. After years of being shamed and hidden by the law, she fell in to deep depression, realizing that she did not want to live this way. Her suicide attempts come into play at this point, and you realize how badly oppression and identity struggles can affect a person. Throughout Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi clearly links her identity struggles and oppression to her suicide attempts and ongoing depression.
In Marjane Satrapi’s book Persepolis, We see Marji change drastically with her choices in religion and beliefs. She becomes so intertwined in the revolution that she loses track of her dreams of becoming a prophet. Once the war has begun Marji merges herself into the whole situation. As she grows up Marji wants to fit in with the westernize society since in Iran the war has seized her freedom. This causes Marjane to take her own path without realizing many of the consequences. In the story, we witness Marji’s contribution to religion then altering to an independent mutineer like rebel.
In this chapter Marjane’s parent had just gotten back from their trip with all their smuggled goodies for Marjane. The fourth panel on page 132 depicts Marjane walking down the street in her denim jacket singing about kids in America. Not only does her jacket and neck scarf oppose the Islamic regime but her singing cheerfully about kids in America does as well. In the background you can see angry adults yelling and pointing at her most likely because of the casual clothes she is wearing. This demonstrates opposition to the regime because it shows her going against laws in her own free will to show what she loves. It also illustrates a belief in personal freedom because she is wearing clothes that are frowned upon. In this panel, Satrapi is challenging the negative stereotypes about Iranians by showing that people do still want to be free and not part of the Islamic regime.
At the times of the Iranian Revolution, those who deviated from the norm were perceived to be very controversial. Due to the different ideologies of social groups, conflicts and disputes arise among them. In Marjane Satrapi’s, Persepolis, the Iran Revolution triggers the controversy of morals and beliefs between the modernist and the government. The modernist are perceived as rebellious and westernized.
Without God as a guiding presence in her life, Marji began to rebel against the ever-encroaching fundamentalist institution as much as possible. Under the pretense of religion, Iran strictly enforced new laws against social gatherings and all items of decadence, “They found records and video-cassettes at their place. A deck of cards, a chess set, in other words, everything that’s banned… It earned him seventy-five lashes”(105). This sudden loss of mediums to enjoy one’s self and prevalence of excessive punishment enforcing the declared moral code (132) were invitations to rebel for Marji. She refused to comply with her school’s dress code, wearing jewelry, and when the principal attempted removing Marji’s bracelet (143), Marji knocked her over leading to her expulsion. Later, at another school, Marji continued to rebel and spoke out against her religion teachers assertion that the Islamic Republic kept no political prisoners. Marji retorted with facts about Anoosh’s execution and disproved her teachers claims, asking, “how dare you lie to us like that?” (144). These actions, though respected by her father, were met by outrage from her mother in fear of how the new government exercises laws stating, “You know that it’s against the law to kill a virgin[…] a Guardian of the Revolution marries her[…]and takes her virginity before executing her” (145). Shocked by this information, Marji became increasingly troubled by the morals of Islam. To escape imminent religious persecution, Marji was sent by herself to Austria where she fell further away from her faith experiencing the sexual revolution, drugs, and alcohol. She defied the religion she was one close to, was manipulated by loved ones, experienced failing health and self esteem, and an overall loss of pride in her culture. These events ultimately led to Marji’s acceptance of defeat and her return to Iran along with the
The simplicity of a child’s mind and her confusion at adult notions is a constant theme in the book. This is brought forth in Marji’s childlike understanding of the
Persepolis, written by Marjane Satrapi, is a memoir depicting the life of a young girl growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran during the late 1970’s. Before the Islamic Revolution the country of Iran was run by a westernized ruler called the Shah. After the Shah is overthrown the country’s new government places new religious rules making if obligatory for women, and sometimes men, to wear specific clothing in public. A key theme I picked up on in the book is the theme of rights, specifically women's rights.
In the beginning of the book she isn’t involved much at all, but as time goes on she gets sucked in gradually, like a tornado. Marjane’s first experience with the revolution was when she was 10 years old and “-It became obligatory to wear the veil at school (Satrapi 3).” The older she got the more defiant she got towards the new fundamentalist regime, she also was more willing to get involved for example after her Uncle Anoosh was executed because he used to be a spy (Satrapi 69-70), from that point on her rebellious side took hold. Marjane gets more involved in the revolution when she goes out with her parents to protest for the first time, she sees some extremely grotesque things such as people being beaten and even a woman getting stabbed. This is evident when she says, “ So I went with them to pass out flyers.. When suddenly things got nasty. For the first time in my life, I saw violence with my own eyes.” Even though she sees a brutal retaliation, this doesn’t stop her from being disobedient to the government, towards the end of the story she wears a jean jacket and Nike sneakers, both of which are Western products. Marjane describes her apparel when she says, “ I put my 1983 Nikes on...And my denim jacket with the Michael Jackson button, and of course my headscarf.” This is something incredibly defiant, due to the fact that the new Iranian government only permitted the more traditional dress and loathed Western clothes and