The support from a populace gives the country the encouragement it needs to flourish and thrive.Moreover, Marjane’s system of acceptance and awareness influences the way that the theme loss of innocence is conveyed. The photograph portrays a young girl with someone’s hand covering her mouth. She seems to be witnessing a terrible and life-altering event. Loss of innocence is distinctly reflected from the troubled eyes of this girl. Moreover, her face tells of the terrors and confusion raging in her mind.
One day Marjane helped the maid write a love letter to their neighbor whom she loved, the nabor rejected her because he figured out she was a maid and did not accept her because of her class. In the text Marjane says“But is it her fault that she was born where she was born?? ?” “Dad are you for or against social classes?’’ Marjane was too young to realize that in her country they must stay in their own social classes when it comes to things like that. Her dad had to explain to her why the maid cannot do things like that. Marjane’s dad says “ Because in this country you must stay within your own social classes.’’Another theme of this story is Revolution.
For instance, Marjane’s loss of innocence changes her perspective from when she was a child to when she grows older. This photo of spoiled milk represents loss of innocence because a person will, as a child, be innocent and well-behaved. When a loss of innocence takes place, a person can turn into a rebel. They aren 't as innocent as they used to be. Loss of innocence is a crucial idea when Marjane grows older.
Ultimately this shows how little Marjane’s father and everyone else thinks that people need to stay in their own social classes and shouldn 't try to leave them, no matter what. This tears apart the maid for she truly loved the boy, but was forced to end the relationship and Marjane sees this as very wrong, and wishes social classes didn’t affect people’s lives. However, Marjane’s young perspective doesn’t allow her to see the full picture of this. Social classes are a big part of the Iranian culture and they believe that people need to stay in them, Marjane can’t understand this and as a result she became so angry. Another theme in the book Persepolis that is talked about is religion.
Nationalism clearly affected by Marjane’s negative representation of Islamic and Iranian culture.The photo provided is an excellent example of religion, as it depicts someone praying to their god. This is shown by the way they are kneeling and have their hands folded. This picture can be associated with how religion is represented in Persepolis. The people of Iran, in Marjane’s opinion, can be embodied by this picture because they are supposed to be praying all the time. Some Iranians believed in lies that they thought would help them get into heaven.
Marjane tells her story through her novel, Persepolis, and it helps show how things in the world can drastically change someone’s perspective. The imperialism that took place in Marjane’s country, the religion that Marjane strongly believed in, and Marjane’s loss of innocence while she was very young, all affected her perspective throughout the graphic novel, Persepolis. As a demonstration
To begin with, the majority of Iranian families could not afford to replace both the veil and the chador with the European sense of style. It is also fair to say that Reza Shah’s method of modernization overlooked centuries of Iranian culture when it came to wearing the veil, and the meaning it had to conservative Iranians. Furthermore, it would have made more sense if the Shah took a more gradual path to modernizing Iran. In other words, Reza Shah should have granted women the privilege of deciding the clothing they wore, instead of trying to completely erase the veils existence. This would have probably resulted in the low class women sticking with their cultural attire, while the wealthier women seek beauty from European clothing.
In Persepolis, the Satrapi family has immense pride in their magnificent country of Iran. Even the simplest thing as hearing their country’s national anthem brings tears to their eyes and leaves them “overwhelmed” (Satrapi 83). Mr. and Mrs. Satrapi, in the beginning of the book, ventured out to demonstrate in the streets hoping to bring an impact and help the revolution. Later on in the book, they began to include Marjane in their spirited demonstrations of nationalism. As Marjane is enlightened about the history of her family, she discovers that her grandfather was once the Prime Minister of Iran.
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.
Thus, the exceptionality of the 1979 Iranian Revolution emphasizes the influence of religion and its role and contribution in revolutions and revolutionary ideology. The oppressed majority of Iranians, consist of mainly of Shiites, may well sympathize with Shariati’s form of Shiism which defined the religion as, “the struggle for justice against foreign rule, tyranny, feudalism, and exploitation (Brandis, 2009).” Also, the U.S.-Iranian relations went downhill after the revolution. In fact, Khomeini accused the U.S. of exploiting Iran’s resources. This exploitation from the west forced Iranians to take part in a revolution where many Iranians had to die and killed by the repressive Shah regime (Wise, 2011; Shadmehr,