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 quote from the beginning of the novel, we witness Marji’s young innocent days and her vision of being a pure voice for god. “At the age of 6, I was already sure I was the last prophet. This was a few years before the revolution”(6).
Marjane comes of age in Persepolis by learning from her family, coming to terms with her religion, and disregarding the oppressive regime. To begin with, Marji obtains many of her opinions and views from her family, and she comes of age by following them. She looks up to her parents, her Uncle Anoosh, and her grandmother and often seeks them out for guidance. During the Iranian Revolution, Marji always wants to go with her parents to demonstrate. At first, demonstrating in the garden satisfies her enough.
When God is present Marji is undoubtful that everything is alright. Marji 's faith begins strong and as a part of her daily life, but as time passes and the war begins, her faith deteriorates, and God 's presence is soon lost. Once God is gone it represents Marji beginning to doubt herself and her religion, along with her future and everything she has been told. God is developed across Persepolis in a number of ways. In the beginning God appears only to Marji at night.
Right from the start, Marji introduces the Islamic Revolution of Iran which took place in 1979. In the opening page we have the theme of religion presented. This portrays the image that it will be a complex area of the book and this is perceived because it uses the image of several men and women protesting against something or someone which later on we will get to know will establish a cultural change as well as a religion clash because of the different beliefs to the regimen. As Marji is just a child, you do not expect her to know much about
The main character’s courage to break the gender roles of her time first reveals itself when she kills a vagrant attacker. After her kill, Mariko recalls how she has used one of the seven principles of bushidō: “She’d fought off her assailant. And in doing so, she’d displayed one of the seven virtues of bushidō: Courage. The way of the warrior” (Ahdieh 38). The kill itself is a large step
Marjane is surrounded by many characters who always know where they stand and what they need to do for themselves and their society. Through the use of the literary motif of characters rebellion against their government for the greater good such as her uncle, Anoosh and Marjane’s family maid, Mehri. This displays a idea that standing for what you believe in is crucial for changing society. Marjane and Mehri, Marjane’s family maid sneak out and go protest a demonstration for the Shah and his government. “Long live the republic!” “Down with the Shah!” (39).
After the Iranian Revolution, it became compulsory for women to wear the veil as the Islamic dress code and all women were removed from government positions, leading to increasing oppression and inequality in Iran. The use of black and white on the first page of the book creates a very clear image that a lot of people are unhappy with the new rules that are introduced by the government. The use of images shows us the oppression of freedom in a way that it would be hard to imagine with words. The first panel shows Marjane in a somber mood, crossing her arms to show her defensive thinking against the veil and the world. In the following panel, the girl’s expressions range from neutral to dislike or discomfort, which shows the general thoughts from people on how they think of the veil.
Which to a certain extent I agree with because childhood memories aren’t always reliable. However, she used the parts in the story where Marji has conversations with God comfortably as what could be fictional in the novel. This is when I disagreed because there are many religious people that I know and I feel every religious person sees God as their companion and their comforter so how she spoke to him in the novel isn’t something that would not happen. Another statement made that I disagree with is that Persepolis did
With the Islamic revolution the Satrapi family started to lose friends, who mysteriously disappeared. Neighbors and relatives flee as they can (the country closes its borders in 1981). Another example of Marji´s young point of view retreated in Persepolis is that, when one of her closest male friend is moving out of Iran Marji feels sad and lonely, because she realized she liked him. Intelligent and outgoing, Marjane can even despite the prohibitions, and discover the punk culture, walking with denim jacket and shoes in the street, Marji even led to a questioning of a patrol of pro-revolution ladies. But when the uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the war with Iraq, the fear begins to take shape.
Another different aspect is the sexual characteristics roles in Iran; in Marjane Satrapi’s standpoint the audience perceives the transition mainly on women as it takes the reader into her outlook. The audience is presented with a black and white illustration which indicates sorrow or unhappiness. The main character is introduced to a political transformation as her female classmates are required to wear a veil which segregates the children by gender. The veil or hijab symbolizes the community and political variations that reformed the protagonist’s forthcoming. The student writer comprehends major vagaries to females however,