Persepolis Research Paper

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When I was in elementary school we were required to wear uniforms. I remember being frustrated at having my freedom of what to wear cut down so drastically from what I was accustomed to. As I grew older and I began to take more interest in my appearance uniforms became even more and more of a frustration to me. In the book Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, Marjane had a similar experience in that she too was forced to wear in a sense a uniform. This book explores the theme that an oppressed society fights back against the government’s corrupt ways often leading to conflict. In 1980 Marjane as well as many other students, were suddenly being forced to wear a head veil. When Marjane first started wearing the veil she explained that she “didn’t really like to wear the veil, especially since [she] didn't understand why.” Later Marjane and her classmates began to play with the veil at school, demonstrating their ignorance on why they had to wear it. The veil symbolizes the oppression of people, more specifically women, in …show more content…

The boys were directed to bring them to war and if “ they were lucky enough to die, the key would get them into heaven.” The Iranian government had directed the Maid to “trade they key for [her] oldest son.” The boys were meant to wear the key around their neck during battle, and according to the government, the keys let soldiers into heaven to experience it’s glorious, which they described as a place full of riches, food, houses made of gold, and women. The gold key shows the great lengths the government would go to in order to have the maximum children enrolled in the military as possible. This shows how corrupt the government is that it tricks students into believing that a plastic key will suddenly get them into heaven. The key is a symbol of government exploiting its citizens and overall

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