Persepolis

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Kyle Gates Professor Jesse Dobson English 1301-008 (Gate) 15 September 2014 Persepolis In the novel, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, there are many different themes that you could look at and decide to analyze. I decided to look at four different themes that are brought up throughout the novel. In the novel there is a lot of talk about the contrasting regions of Iran and everywhere else in the world, politics and religion, and warfare. In Persepolis: the Story of a Childhood, the concept of contrasting regions is explored by Satrapi when she talks about what it’s like to grow up in Iran, and to be misunderstood no matter where you go simply because of where you came from. The country of Iran acts like it hates…show more content…
Satrapi talks about the Mullah that she was interviewed by and the Mullah said that she was the only person who did not lie, and she felt that she was lucky to have met a “truly religious man”. Satrapi feels that there aren’t many true religious men in Iran, and most of them will use religion as a means to power. She was happy to see that the man in charge if admitting her to college truly believes in his religion, and appreciates Satrapi’s true belief as well. Warfare is another theme that is brought up often, because at the time people had just been through one revolution and are heading into another war. "The Iranian fundamentalists tried to stir up their Iraqi Shiite allies against Saddam…He's always wanted to invade Iran. And here's the pretext. It's the second Arab invasion."(Satrapi 10.50) In Iran, to get kids to enlist into the military and fight in the war. The military and the government told the kids that if they fought in the war they would receive a gold key that would get them into heaven if they died in the war. In most countries we try and make war seem like a good thing, but we know that war is hell no matter how you experience it. The sounds of gunfire is what some kids like to hear on their tv when they play games, but bullets tear through everything and are not stopped easily. Some people in the world seek war games as entertainment and think that it’s all just fun and
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