Persepolis Totalitarianism

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What if an entire nation revolted against its government, only to be faced with a new government that is even worse than the one overthrown? This is exactly what happened in Persepolis: The Story Of A Childhood by Marjane Satrapi. Persepolis: the Story of a Childhood is a memoir of a young girl’s life in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. After many organized and fatal protests, The Shah is finally overthrown and a new Islamic Regime takes control and just like that the peoples’ lives were turned upside down. Unfortunately, everyone who supported the revolution was now a sworn enemy of the Regime. The people now came to realize the Islamic Regime is a new form of totalitarianism and is no better than the monarchy that came before their…show more content…
One of my favorite elements of this book, is it is written in a comic strip format, with extraordinary images that convey a great amount of emotion and depth. On page 144 in Marjane’s memoir, she argues, “You say that we don’t have political prisoners anymore. But we’ve gone from 3,000 prisoners under the Shah to 300,000 under your Regime.” When she stands up to her teacher and portrays her point of view with facts, she risks her life, due to the fascist government. In other words, it shows the reader that the people of Iran fought for a better life, to only receive a life that contained limits and fear. In essence, when the Regime took over more people were arrested, more people were murdered and more people lived in fear. Personally, at the beginning of reading this book I was unsure if I would enjoy the read because I’ve never really had interest in the topic. However, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood really surprised me, Marjane Satrapi’s incredible story really kept me engaged, while learning about the Islamic Revolution and the Regimes rule. This is one reason I would rate the book with 2 stars. Additionally, I would highly recommend reading this memoir because it allowed me to understand and grasp its contents with visuals. You can purchase Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood for only $13.95. Persepolis: The Story of a…show more content…
We learn about how her life changed, when her community overthrew The Shah and the Regime took over. The Regime was a new form of totalitarianism, that would cause more chaos than The Shah ever did. Although, the people won the first battle against The Shah, their attempts to overthrow the Regime were quickly shut down. As a result, the people lived in a suppressed community, that not only feared it government, but was in constant danger from the war. Marjane’s incredible story kept me constantly engaged and always kept me on my toes. If you ever have a chance, grab Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and dive in, you won’t regret
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