Reflective Essay On Persepolis

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During the interactive oral discussion my group and I addressed key points of the novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. The reflective statement helped me reach conclusions about the texts cultural and contextual elements in the novel. One of the questions that I think impacted the group as a whole was “In what way does time and place matter to this work.” A fellow classmate answered this question by stating “the time and place has everything to do with the story because during the time, 1979, the Iranian Revolution started and shortly after the Iran-Iraq war begun. Marjane Satrapi was only a child when she wrote her novel, therefore, she writes it in first person point of view to tell her experiences during the revolution and the war. Without…show more content…
Satrapi stated “there were strikes, protest and massacres that took place throughout the city” (Satrapi 15). Iran was not always subjected to an oppressive government. In the past, Iran lived under a government where freedom was allowed and different religions were practiced among the people. This was because of the ruler Cyrus, who brought peace upon Iran. As a woman living in Iran, it was common to be belittled by society. Men thought of women to be second to them and to be in complete dominance ("History of Persepolis and The Islamic Revolution."). Women were restricted by the government to walk the streets with a man and, to wear a hijab to cover their hair. Satrapi shows that women protested against these unjust laws,but in the end they were still required to put on them. (MARJANE SATRAPI: PERSEPOLIS).
In Persepolis, families protested against the Islamic republic, but the punishment most of the time was death. The revolution was violent due to the nature of Khomeini’s ruling. In the novel Satrapi illustrates how hard it is for her family and others living during that time. There were no drinking, partying, speaking out against Iran and more . The war becomes intensified for Marjane because the bombs dropped on her city Tehran. Satrapi makes a statement when bombs drop
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