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Censorship In Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

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Literature has come to symbolize more than just the written word. Writing outlives the shackles of time and builds understanding between people from all different countries and cultures. Whether it be a newspaper or a novel, literature has become a liberator, communicator, and mediator. But what happens when a book made to teach all of these righteous virtues is ripped away from adolescents without consideration for its educational value? When does parental control become censorship of important works? This happens all the time, but none is more unfair than the ban on Persepolis. Written by Marjane Satrapi, the autobiographical graphic novel bridges the gap of misunderstanding between Iranians and Europeans in an entertaining and thought provoking…show more content…
At the end of the day, the reason Persepolis needs to be in a classroom is because it is utilized by teachers to educate their students. Satrapi wrote and drew a complex and beautiful new breed of literature. Many readers will scoff at silly comic books, but Persepolis demonstrates the difference between Marvel and Satrapi: Persepolis is no comic book, it is an episodic memoir aided by illustration.While the Avengers fight in brightly colored flashy pages of action, Satrapi guides her readers through an intelligent and meaningful journey of traditional black-and-white. The book acts as a secret educational tool, single handedly teaching students skills to decipher images and graphics. In a modern world of powerpoint and data charts, it is important for any student to be skilled at analysing visual aids. Besides acting as an exemplar of key elements of literature, the bildungsroman contains interwoven symbolism and never ending themes. Each chapter reveals a new idea: “The Veil” paints the conflict of materialism vs. traditionalism,“The F-14s” discusses the nature of war, “The Letter” shows the sad divides of economic status, and the examples never end. From reading and discussing Persepolis, a student practices deciphering symbolism while being exposed to ideals of freedom and war. Persepolis is an amazing educational tool that would benefit any student and…show more content…
Consider the recent actions of certain presidential candidates receiving support by uniting people under a similar ideal: not a political ideal, a personal fear of the foreign and violent region of the Middle East. Many Americans have developed a deeply rooted fear of Muslims and the Middle East. A fear created from the terrorism and tragedy that wreaks havoc upon our country. It’s not hard to recall 9/11, the bombing at the Boston Marathon, the common day slaughter of Americans by radical Islamists. A few months after 9/11, an ABC poll revealed that 47 percent of Americans had a favorable view of Muslims. By 2014 that number dropped to 27 percent. In a country of only one to two percent Muslims, it isn’t surprising that the Middle East has become a singular enemy (Obeidallah). If we wish to create peace between cultures, the younger generation simply cannot be taught that these stereotypes exist. The purpose of writing Persepolis was to show Europe Iran’s second story: an authentic tale separate from the extremism and violence that is tied to Iranian identity. Satrapi walks her readers through the life of a child growing in a world of war. Students connect with Marjane as she expresses her love of punk rock, fights with her parents. Marjane explains that Iran isn’t an army against Americans, it's an oppressive government against it’s own people. America
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