Analysis Of The Book ' The Complete Persepolis '

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Introduction Benjamin Cardozo, an American jurist, said “Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.” In The Complete Persepolis, it is clearly seen that when a standard is set for women’s attire, restrictions of other freedoms come along with it. Throughout the book, the author, Marjane Satrapi, recounts her life in Iran after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and the difficulties she encountered. She struggled with restricted freedoms, strict religious rule, and a sense of statelessness. In the opening illustrations, she describes her childhood and her transition from a secular school to one that was religious and separated by gender. At this time it had become law for a woman to wear the veil, or head scarf when in public. Satrapi talks of how she “didn’t like to wear the veil, especially since [she] didn’t understand why [she] had to”(Satrapi 3). The wearing of the veil is part of the Islamic faith that became enforced by the government and the Guardians of the Revolution, after the Islamic Revolution. Satrapi relates the story of her life and give the reader much insight into the life of an Iranian woman. The Complete Persepolis serves as a narrative of Iranian history from the eyes of a common citizen, and through these narratives the link between “women” and “religion”, along with its construction and political significance, is exemplified.
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