Analysis Of Marjane Satrapi 's ' Persepolis '

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While I was only seven, I remember the 2004 Presidential election vividly. My parents were staunch Kerry supporters and so was I. That year I spent numerous summer days walking with my parents in parades and attending rallies in support of Democratic candidates. I may only have been seven, but I view this as the begging of my political ideology and attachment to politics. While too often society dismisses children’s understanding of the world, specifically politics, decades of research in the research field of political socialization has traced an individual’s ideology to childhood. Political socialization, the process by which an individual attains their political attitudes and values, argues that a number of agents, primarily family…show more content…
In addition to pretending to be various revolutionaries, Marjane is seen holding a mock protest in her yard shouting “Down with the king” (Satrapi 10). We see later in the chapter that thoughts that come directly from her parents Marxist ideology and revolutionary sentiments which they have begun to transfer on to Marjane. Moreover, Satrapi affirms the benevolent leader theory when Marjane compares Marx to god, whom is generally associated with benevolence (Satrapi). Satrapi affirms the theory of political socialization and opposing forces of socialization in the following chapter, “The Water Cell.” After her parents come home from a long day of protesting the Shah, Marjane proclaims her love for the Shah, trusting in him and believing he was chosen by god, affirming the benevolent leader theory (Satrapi 12-14). When her proclamation is questioned by her parents, Marjane states that her school textbook taught her that the Shah was chosen by god, exemplifying school as an agent of political socialization (Satrapi 19). However, after a lengthy history lesson by her father, in which he tells the horrific story of her grandfather’s imprisonment by the Shah regime, Marjane’s opinion of the Shah changes dramatically, further showing her parents vast influence on her ideology at her young
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