Marjane Satrapi’s perspective in her novel, Persepolis, is justified through the effects of the Iranian revolution, social classes, and imperialism and supports a pessimistic view of the revolution in the early 1980s. These themes constructed her opinions on the war and Iranian culture in itself. Imperialism lead to the idea of western culture being a sign of betrayal, revolution brought the harsh views of many people in Iran, and social classes plagued Satrapi with guilt and lead to the separation of many people. One key point that supports Satrapi’s negative perspective is imperialism, in the sense that imperialism brought many sorrows to the Middle East and as a result, Marjane’s views of the Middle East are, in fact, justified. Imperialism brought western culture and new ideas that helped the country flourish for years to come, though on the other hand, imperialism also brought an ever-standing battle for the Middle East’s oil.
Pandemonium can dictate a country’s or settlement’s future when not taken under control. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, perfectly illustrates the downsides of pandemonium, but also a real life event. In 1950s America, the Communist Party was sparking outrage and chaos that soon the United States would face a fascist government. Both situations lead to tension in society and people turning their backs against each other. In “Are You Now or Were You Ever?”, also written by Arthur Miller, the online article discusses the reasons to why Miller wrote the book such as the similarities to the Communist Party in America to the Salem Witch Trials, play scripts, actors, and the paranoia in society.
To bring awareness to the instabilities in the world authors like George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and many more generate a certain genre of writing classified as dystopian fiction, which manifests the flaws our society possess. These texts captivatingly link to the world today, and often identify crucial problems in society such as totalitarianism, conformity, and technology. Total government control limits freedoms and forces society to unwilling submit to serving the country and interest of the government, not themselves. In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World “power has been centralized and government control increased” (Huxley XIV) thusly the people in the Brave New World Society are confined to a bubble of freedoms; this has several implications. First, society's watch on the government has been eclipsed, giving government the ability to act freely without any punishment or resistance from its people.
Persepolis Argumentative Essay “If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.”, (Alfie Kohn). In Persepolis, Mariji’s parents create a safe and free environment within their household to allow her to express herself freely. While she is growing up, she understands the meaning of the revolution through stories, books, and personal events because they provide her with knowledge and can affect her in the future. Some people might say, that her parents are not creating a particularly safe environment, because if the government were to discern their western actions, Marijis family would be punished for going against the extremists values, yet this is incorrect because her parents are upbringing Mariji to be a respectful and intelligent woman within western values.
America’s fear of communism stretched beyond the western hemisphere; the Domino Theory became popular in the 1960s as the Vietnam War was increasingly seen as a threat to democracy in Asia. The Domino Theory is the belief that a communist victory in one nation would start a “chain reaction of communist takeovers in neighboring states.”(Domino Theory) In the Vietnam War, this theory was used as a justification for American involvement. Communism, as understood by the American people, was a threat to peace and liberty. It was seen as a “major problem confronting the people of the United States and free peoples everywhere” because of its “distorted shadows of their capitalist equivalents” where the people are seen as machines with no other purpose than to work. (Nixon, Richard M.) Another example of liberty would be the Civil Rights Movement.
An Islamic dictator trying to force religion and his republic onto unwilling citizens of Iran: this is the childhood of Marjane Satrapi. Imperialism is presented in the story by the constant recapitulation of Iran’s history, and its current(as of the time of the story) state. Social class and gender roles are made evident in the dialogue of the graphic novel. Ultimately, the reader’s view of these three things is affected by Marjane’s perspective. Imperialism is represented in the image by the analogy of the octopus.
This kind of world order actually initiated a long period of cold war that includes proxies between the two superpowers, around the globe. Vietnam War is one of them which the writer has reflected through her novel The Gangster we are all looking for. In this novel, the phenomenon of culture transition and failed integration is explored. The novel describes the life of a family who has been pushed from its native land, Vietnam to a foreign land, America because of the ongoing war. The family in the novel constitutes of a father who is alleged to be a gangster, a hypersensitive mother, three uncles, and the young narrator herself.
Whenever an argument occurs, the argument is always started by differing views. But what affects these views? What causes there to be opposing outlooks on the same situation? Some say these outlooks can be determined based off of an individual’s personal nature. This can be viewed through Marjane Satrapi as she experiences events such as revolution, imperialism, and nationalism during her childhood in Iran, as her passionate and defiant nature affects her portrayal of the revolution, imperialism, and nationalism.The image to the left is a great example revolution as it depicts the citizens of a nation rebelling in support of a new government.
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 of imperialism, this photograph is showing people reading off of a script. Imperialism is when larger countries gain control of smaller countries and tell them how to run their country, like a play writer tells their actors how to act. When the smaller countries are taken over by the larger ones, they are confused and distressed by the situation.
She learned through books.”“to enlighten me they bought me books” (pg 12).Slowly as Marjane evolves, her perspective on the revolution evolves.And by the end of the book, Marjane turns into a politically aware person,who understands why conflict is breaking out. In conclusion,Marjane Satrapi’s perspective was changed by the Social classes,her religion and her political and social awareness.Marjane was also influenced by outside influences. Such as