Theme Of Imperialism In Persepolis

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Have you ever heard two people having a discussion about a topic, but they have different opinions? Acknowledging the fact that people could have different opinions based on their own perspectives is very important. In Persepolis, Marjane writes as her 10 year old self, sharing what she experienced in Iran, while they were in the middle of a revolution. Throughout the book, she gets older and her perspective changes multiple times over several different topics. Marjane Satrapi’s perspective affects her presentation of imperialism, religion and loss of innocence.For instance, this image represents imperialism in a very unique way (Wikimedia, Fig. 1). The octopus represents a country, specifically England in this case, taking over multiple countries all at once. Imperialism is when countries enter another country and try to take it over to claim it as their own. Marjane Satrapi uses several examples of imperialism in Persepolis. The first time imperialism is mentioned, she illustrates the comparison of modern imperialism to earlier forms. In the text Satrapi explains,”After a long sleep of 2500 years, the revolution has finally awaken the people. 2500 years of tyranny and submission’ as my father said. First our own emperors. Then the Arab invasion from the west. Followed by the Mongolian invasion from the
2east. And finally modern imperialism.”(11) . In simpler words, Marjane’s father is explaining to her how the Iranian people finally decided to fight back after being
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