Iranian Society Is Not A Country Of Fundamentalists And Terrorists

907 WordsApr 18, 20164 Pages
Iranian society is more complexed than what its face value portrays. The west tends to attach negative associations with Iran and the rest of the middle east. The author writes that the purpose of her book is to show that Iran is not a country of fundamentalists and terrorists, and that characterizations of the country by the West are inaccurate. Satrapi’s narrative does the Iranian society justice. It explains the common misconceptions of Iran and its society by a first hand account, Marjane Satrapi. In the 1980’s, politics was everything in Iran, it was the main topic of conversation. As a ten-year old girl, the author is forced to wear a veil to school by those that called for a cultural revolution in Iran. There are many protests both for and against this cultural revolution. Her French non-religious school is abolished and boys and girls are separated for education. Her mother protests against the changes and her picture appears in newspapers across Europe (8). Marjane 's father explains the history of the Revolution to her: Reza Shah had been a foot soldier fighting against the King of Persia in order to install a republic. This had been during a time when Western democratic ideals were being instituted in many countries around the world. The British had learned of Reza Shah 's desire to overthrow the king and, seeing an opportunity to profit from the country 's rich oil fields, the British had supported Reza Shah 's plans. The British made sure he had been
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