Religion And Beliefs In Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

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In Marjane Satrapi’s book Persepolis, We see Marji change drastically with her choices in religion and beliefs. She becomes so intertwined in the revolution that she loses track of her dreams of becoming a prophet. Once the war has begun Marji merges herself into the whole situation. As she grows up Marji wants to fit in with the westernize society since in Iran the war has seized her freedom. This causes Marjane to take her own path without realizing many of the consequences. In the story, we witness Marji’s contribution to religion then altering to an independent mutineer like rebel.
In this quote from the beginning of the novel, we witness Marji’s young innocent days and her vision of being a pure voice for god. “At the age of 6, I was already sure I was the last prophet. This was a few years before the revolution”(6). This represents the fact that a little time before the revolution Marji was more focused on her religious happenings and the care for others. She wanted more for the lower social class but wanted to be the reason for their upbringing, so
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She starts to fuse her views of the revolution to her religious ideology. “ It was funny to see how much Marx and God looked like each other. Though Marx’s hair was a bit curlier”(13). In the quote, Marjane is merging her perspective of her ministerial to her version of a dictative being. She isn’t doing this on purpose, the effect of the war is causing Marji to see people of a bad nature in a good light, she reads books like the Dialectic Materialism which stands in a biased viewpoint. She is believing in the things books about the government are saying and dissociating herself with the thought that religion revolved around everything because if religion was a primary focal point in all this, then wars and violence wouldn’t be an
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