Analysis Of Marjane Satrapi 's Persepolis

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Imagine sending your children off to an unforgiving battlefield where they lose their name and assume the role of soldier. Imagine having an officer knock on your door and knowing that they bear news that will change your life forever. Imagine being enlisted from the moment you come of age, knowing every day is counting down until the moment you are sent to war. In today’s society, ideas of violent loss and laying down your life for your country seem distant, an army’s world. During the Iranian revolution, loss and suffering were weaved into the fabric of their lives. To know Iran was to know war. In Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis, she argues that Marji’s developing views on death and martyrdom serve to personalize our perspective on war. From the beginning of her story, Marji is suspended in limbo between two clashing ideological worlds. She is educated in a highly fundamentalist school rooted in nationalism and respect. However, her family is characterized by a grey area between being devout Muslims and modern communists, following the Ayatollah Khomeini. Akin to many elementary aged children, she is highly impressionable by the people around her, “a child who repeats what she hears” (62). An inharmonious sphere of influence regarding death and war leaves her in a state of ideological confusion. 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
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