Essay about Persepolis

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Toward the end of the novel, Marjane says about people’s fear of the Islamic Commission, “It’s only natural! When we’re afraid, we lose all sense of analysis and reflection. Our fear paralyzes us. Besides fear has always been the driving force behind all dictators’ repression.” How do Marjane and her compatriots deal with fear and their daily lives? To what extent do you see fear as a controlling factor in your own country’s public life? The new Islamic republic regime was beginning to spread in Iran and it was starting to cause fear in the public. Many instances in Marjane’s family as well as other families during this time were faced with incidents where they were forced to change something in their daily lives in order to survive. This…show more content…
Also in this chapter there is another incident where the Satrapi family is on their way home and they are pulled over by authoritative members of the regime for no reason at all and given a form of a sobriety test, they are then forced to drive to their house while they are followed in order to make sure that they do not have any alcohol in their household. Because the family did actually have alcohol in their house they had to devise a plan that would allow them to flush it before it was seen. The father starts to give orders, “Grandma! Marji! When we’re home, get out first. I’ll try to stall them. Flush all the alcohol down the toilet” (109). The grandmother tells the officer that she has diabetes and she has to have some sugar or she will faint and he lets her enter the house along with Marji. The fear of consequences if they were to find the alcohol in the household took control of the family causes them to do whatever necessary to survive, Marji explains this when she says, “When we’re afraid, we lose all sense of analysis and reflection”. In my community individuals have some of the same encounters regarding fear and authority. In the United States

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