Marjane Satrapi 's ' Persepolis '

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The Iranian author of Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi, narrates a Bildungsroman showing her growth and development in Iran, as well as a memoir, showing the historical events in Iran. She discusses historical events like the Islamic revolution in 1979, which made it compulsory for the Iranian females to wear veils. Satrapi’s life story is mainly set in Iran, where she shows readers the strict, controlling and oppressive government the Iranians live under as well as the importance of clothing and body ornamentation after the Islamic revolution. To show this, she makes use of characters like her mother, Taji Satrapi, who is strongly against the Islamic Revolution in Iran and herself, who disagrees with the Iranian regime and is more modern like…show more content…
Their appearance also characterizes them as progressive women and the fact that they are not wearing the veil shows that they do not comply with the Iranian regime. Satrapi then brings up her mom, Taji, who is demonstrating against the veil during the Cultural Revolution in Iran. (Satrapi 5). She wears her hair out, she does not dress in black, and she does not cover every part of her body. Satrapi uses clothing and body ornamentation to characterize her mom as more of a modernist than a religious fundamentalist. Taji’s demonstration, in this panel, also shows that she is brave and bold. After Satrapi reveals her mother’s point of view, she displays her own point of view and characterization through clothing. (Satrapi 6). The first half of her body is covered from top to bottom with a black veil. This panel carefully illustrates Satrapi’s conflicted character as a child. The first half of her body displays her modern thinking and character, yet the second half of her body shows that she possesses several religious beliefs as well as a religious character. This panel also illustrates that Satrapi will have difficulty in agreeing with the government due to her modern character. The appearance of Iranian men and women express their conflict with the government, as well as their political beliefs and values. During the revolution, Satrapi wants to act in order to make a difference and because of this she puts her religious beliefs aside and
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