Persepolis 1 Summary

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The first chapter "The Veil" carries a great deal of weight. It is the chapter that sets the tone for the entire autobiography, it shows the difficulties for women in Iran in those years, and that's an issue that Satrapi highlights in the autobiography. Whitlock says about that matter that:
Persepolis 1 begins with a chapter called "The Veil," and this garment is represented in a highly iconic (as opposed to realistic) cartoon drawing of the newly-veiled Marji and her girlfriends Golnaz, Mahshid, Narine, and Minna. For the Muslim girls, the first experiences of the Revolution were spatial segregation according to gender and faith, and this segregation included hijab. The maghnaeh (hooded head-scarf) that covers Marji and her friends frames
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There is a juxtaposition produced by cartooning the figure of the child here (in an image that is reproduced and framed in a cutout on the hardcover of Persepolis 1):…show more content…
She sees something on TV which is part of the false propaganda of the Islamic Republic, and as a child she believes what she sees on TV. In the autobiography there are many conversations about the politics in Iran, and Marji, as a child, tries to understand the situation, and at one point she understands that she doesn't know enough and starts to read many books in order to have a better understanding. In the illustrations in that scene there is a sense of humor, Marji's expression when she understands that she was mistaken to believe what they say in the media. The facial expressions in the autobiography are very important to the understanding of the story, each expression teaches the reader about the actual emotional state the character is in.
In the chapter called "The Passport", Marji's uncle was ill and had to undergo an operation that could only be done outside of Iran, unfortunately he didn't receive his visa to leave the country, and after he passed away his visa arrived. The illustrations in these scenes emphasize the sadness, and the difficult reality that they lived in during times of
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