Violence In Persepolis

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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is a coming of age tale set during the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the early years of the Islamic Republic that followed. An autobiographical graphic novel written by Marjane “Marji” Satrapi, Persepolis tactfully merges the traditional tropes of young adult literature with heavier themes pertaining to the late twentieth century of Persia, particularly those regarding religious freedom. Specifically, a young Marji must navigate a difficult transition to adulthood while discovering her spirituality as the Iranian religious elite take over the government. Though these fanatics try their best to force conservative Islam on the Iranian populace, they ironically end up losing control over their more secular subjects,…show more content…
While clearly shown to have a resented authority over these people, they do not hold sway over any of their beliefs. As they try to tighten their hands over the populace, like a bar of soap, the populace becomes more liable to slip away. The commodity that both communicates and causes this loss of power is fear. The government of the Islamic Republic demonstrates its willingness to scare Iranian people into order through a constant use of violence against transgressors. From killing off the former revolutionaries to beating women who do not wear the veil, violence and fear appear to be the intended method of control. However, this commodity is proven to be very effective at causing people to shrink away from both the law and Islam. When the extremists violently execute her uncle to instill fear in future revolutionaries, Marji commits apostasy. When her school promotes a demoralizing system to discipline young girls, Marji rebels against her teachers. Thus, fear, intended to communicate control over these people’s lives, instead acts more like a sort of anti-commodity, shown to cause a lack of respect for the theocracy’s ideals. In this way, Satrapi’s Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, is in fact a criticism of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s poor and ineffective administrative
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