Analysis Of Marjane Satrapi 's ' The Veil '

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During the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahvali Iran became modernized under his implementations’, however soon after the Shah was forced to leave Iran things take a toll for the worse. In the graphic memoir Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi highlights the sudden transition from a modernized society to a strictly religious environment in Iran during the 1970s through the use of juxtaposition in panels. Satrapi’s use of symbolism such as the veil, the posters, and books enhance the oppression that women in Iran face reign of the Ayatollah. Satrapi begins her memoir in a significant manner by titling the first section “The Veil” to emphasize emphasize and depict the importance that the veil will have throughout the entire novel.…show more content…
Marjane’s mother was a revolutionary woman; she stood up for herself and the right of other Iranians; she had chosen not to wear the veil once and as a result she was “insulted (...) And [told] that woman like [her] should be pushed up against a wall and fucked”(74/4). Satrapi describes this horrifying situation in a series of small panels that fill up the entire page, she does this to depict how dramatic yet quick the event unfolded. The simple act of punishing women for not wearing a simple piece of clothing is in itself oppressive, seeing as the veil restrained women from fully expressing themselves. The veil influenced Marjane to do certain things in life and it made her feel a certain way, which is why the “religious” piece of clothing is extremely significant to Iranian women, whether it be in negative or positive way. Although, the veil represented a form of oppression for some women, it was the opposite for others and rather a form of religious freedom. By wearing the veil many women felt free and it was their form of expressing themselves. For fundamental woman, which are the older and conservative girls, wearing the veil was something that they enjoyed wearing and believed that everyone else should I also be wearing the sacred head piece. However, for the modern women, which was more of the younger generation, wearing the veil was something

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