Analysis Of Marjane Satrapi 's Book Persepolis

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Imagine sending your child off to an unforgiving battlefield where they lose their individual identity and assume the role of combatant. Imagine having an officer knock on your door, knowing that they bear news that will change your life forever. Imagine being enlisted from the moment you come of age, counting down the days until you are sent to war. In today’s society, ideas of violent loss and trading life for country seem like issues in an army’s world. During the Iranian revolution, loss and suffering were woven into the fabric of all Iranian lives. In Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir Persepolis, she argues that Marji’s developing views on death and martyrdom serve to personalize our perspective of war. From the beginning of her story, Marji is suspended in limbo between two clashing ideological worlds. Akin to many elementary aged children, she is highly impressionable by the people around her, “a child who repeats what she hears” (62). Inharmonious spheres of influence regarding death and war leave her in a state of ideological confusion. She is educated in a government-controlled school rooted in nationalism and respect. Being a school age child in a government controlled school made her more susceptible to the pro-Reza Shah ideology. In her elementary years, she was taught to believe through textbook and tradition that the king was “chosen by God” and that “God himself” told her that he was the rightful ruler of Iran (19). The school system capitalized on the

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