Portrayal Of Women In Persepolis

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In the graphic novel Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi shows religion and authority to portray that women in the text are marginalized, excluded, and silenced. This graphic novel takes place during the Islamic Revolution, which influenced a lot of how women were treated. The women in Persepolis are marginalized, excluded, and silenced by restricted communication, forbidden to wear what they want, and not always having control of their actions. Persepolis demonstrates women being marginalized, excluded, and silenced through restricted communication. In the chapter The Key, the girls are being marginalized and silenced by Marji explaining a mandatory self flagellation ritual they perform twice a day as mourning the dead of the war, Marji says “...And we had to beat our chests(95)” in a voiceover, as a way of telling us she had no choice in the ritual or to speak during it. This shows and tells the reader that Marji is being marginalized by being forced into performing a ritual she doesn’t want to, also that she is being silenced by not being able to talk as the flagellation takes place. Moving onto the chapter The Passport, Satrapi reveals women being marginalized, excluded, and silenced through her aunt’s encounter with the man who was to approve them a passport for their dying uncle who needed better treatment elsewhere. Marji’s aunt is trying to reason with the man but he repeatedly tells her, “...If God wills it.(121)” as a way of marginalizing, excluding and silencing her as

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