This describes how Marjane was feeling during this time. Again, considering her age, Marjane didn’t understand the concept of war; bombings, explosions, and fatalities. As she grew older, she started to research more to understand exactly what was going on around her. “I read all the books I could” (Satrapi 32). As she does more research and grows older, she grasps more of an understanding and becomes more politically and socially aware.
At first it was confusing because she talked a lot about Essentrics first and kept saying she would explain it later on in the book. She was hyping the Essentrics program a lot in the beginning saying how thirty minutes a day can help pain, slow aging, heal injuries and so on. After reading the first couple of pages, the book was getting repetitive and I wanted to know what the thirty minutes exercise were already. On the other hand the hype of Essentrics was actually worthy because that was her hook in the book. Reading the first couple of pages in the first chapter was interesting and deep explaining in a cellular level how our bodies work.
In this novel, Marjane will unrestrainedly do whatever her parents are doing or did even though they command her not to. For example, when Marjane asked if she can go to the demonstration with her parents, she was refused. Then Marjane decided to go with her maid Mehri and said, “Tomorrow we are going to demonstrate” (Satrapi 38). Of course Marjane secretly went to the demonstration with her maid even though it is really perilous and perhaps she’ll witness things that will change her thoughts towards things. When Marjane was an adolescent, she will do these sort of things because she do not want people to treat herself like a kid.
In the narrative, Oates recalls her high school years in which she reconnects with Ruth Weidel, who gave teachers the implication that “something had happened” and how they “treated her guardedly” (Oates 561). This ties into the theme of the individual versus society. When she lived with her family, Ruth and the rest of her family were treated as outcasts and were talked about behind their backs. Now in high school, she remained alone until Oates worked up the nerve to befriend. Something had caused her to mature quickly and in the midst of that growth, Ruth created a barrier to protect herself from anymore pain.
Her mom teaches Esperanza many life lessons throughout the story. The reader learns that the mom dropped out of school because she “didn't have nice clothes” (91). The mom regrets this decision as staying in school could have let her lead a better life in a wealthier place. Esperanza quickly realizes that she wants to stay in school to move out of Mango Street. This mom is also there for emotional support when Esperanza needed it.
The first theme shown throughout the novel is growing up. One example of growing up is when Scout learns to value even the smallest things in life as soon as her teacher says she can no longer read at night with Atticus. After her first day of school, Scout says to herself, “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love
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.
“Our Scholastic Decathlon team has its first competition next week and there is certainly a spot for you!” Another common stereotype attached to Gabriella is the “new girl.” This stereotype usually entails shyness and discombobulation. Gabriella displays both. Gabriella's shy characteristic overlaps with
She has grown up by the end of the book, and has encountered lots of life’s challenges. Through Marjane’s grueling story, we form a deep, personal connection with her. The first theme is gender roles, which is a very important theme in Marjane Satrapi’s life. The image shown at right represents how women