Persepolis and the Iranian Revolution

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Dean K. Myers
THL 357
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2,421 words Persepolis and the Iranian Revolution Persepolis was made in 2007. The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name. Persepolis is directed by Marjane Satrapi. The story is derived from her own personal experiences growing up during the Iranian Revolution (also called the Islamic Revolution) in Tehran, Iran. Included will be an in-depth analysis of the factors that caused the Revolution as well as an accounting of conditions in Iran during that era. A brief comparison of the current situation within Iran and how it is connected to the Iranian Revolution is also necessary. Persepolis is loosely based on the life of Satrapi. Lauded over by celebrated critics known
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(Keddie 7) Later evidence will show that protests continue to be an effective tool in the rejection of oppression. This Sharia-based influence gained ultimate momentum going into the Iranian Revolution. In Islam: The Straight Path, Esposito gives four reasons for this religious resurgence. Ironically, these reasons parallel many of the factors leading to the downfall of the Shah’s reign. The first is a crisis experienced by Iranians caused by “loss of identity, and lack of self-esteem.” (pg 160) The Shah’s 1974 economic plan meant to raise Iran’s prosperity due to the influx of capital created by the oil boom. Instead in 1978, following four years of economic prosperity, an economic downturn was experienced by Iran. This caused construction and other similar industries to lay off many workers in the cities. The now-unemployed workers, many of them moving from rural areas, were left to fend for themselves. Oil profits and the nepotism of the Shah towards his favored constituents continued to widen the gap between the rich and the poor as well. This ignited the ire of the Iranian people. The second is the Iranian disillusionment with Muslim leaders and their Western-inspired system of government (Esposito, 160). For years the Shah was deemed a puppet of Western government. Britain was the main player during the first half of the 20th century, with
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