Persepolis : The Story Of A Childhood

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In Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, a graphic novel authored by Marjane Satrapi in 2003, a door is opened to the revolutionary era of the 1970s in Iran. Through the eyes of a child traversing through childhood into adolescence, we see the raw realities and hypocrisies in the Shah’s regime and the succeeding Islamic Republic of Iran, following the revolution. Throughout her late childhood, Satrapi had dreamed of becoming a prophet. She was deeply religious, but as she studied the works of revolutionaries both in Iran and elsewhere (like Karl Marx, Fidel Castro and Hamid Ashraf) she became more and more isolated from her faith. This was not because of some exclusivity of education versus religiosity, but rather the revolutionary…show more content…
If anything, Satrapi simply understood that the Shah were placed in power by her god. What is evident, however, is that Satrapi romanticized the concept of revolution. She played with her friends, pretending to be Che Guevara and fantasized about the similarities between her god and Karl Marx. It would not be until the conflict of lovers from incompatible social classes (between Mehri, the maid and their neighbor) along with stories of her grandfather (the prime minister under the preceding Shah), that Satrapi begins to understand the purpose for revolution and is exposed to the reality of it. It is also from these stories of her grandfather that we understand the mother and father certainly do not support the Shah. They are, however, dispassionate in their rebellion, as opposed to what seems to Satrapi most other Iranians appear to be. This can be seen when the father and mother joke about false martyrs following a day of protests (see Image 1 and 2 in Appendix [pp.34 – 35]). Furthermore, they are Persian in thought as explained in the book—they understand that regimes come and go. Though their political opinions would evolve as the Islamic regime came to power following the revolution, there was certainly no hint of any regret of ousting the past Shah. Surely, there is naivety expressed during the period of grace between the revolution and the succession of the Islamic Republic: often they gleefully boast of their
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