The Complete Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi

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Throughout The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi the idea of inequality is introduced through several examples. Marjane Satrapi uses the title to comment on inequality in all aspects of Marjane’s life, including gender, religious, economic, and racial status. Although there are several forms of inequality that the title attempts to highlight within the story, it focuses primarily on the issues of gender inequality by comparing the issues that Marjane faces due to her gender and comparing it to issues faced by women during other periods of history. The title The Complete Persepolis is used to emphasize the radical differences in the rights of men and women in the modern world, more specifically modern Iran, by comparing the modern statues of women with the situation in the ancient Persian Empire.
Religion is an important part of Marjane’s life; however it also highlights some of the most radical variations in the rights between women and men. The holy book of Islam, the Quran, says “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women” (an-Nisa’ 4:34). This provides a justification for a difference in gender equality within the region Marjane is “born with” (Satrapi, 6). Although the modern day Middle East is primarily Muslim, Islam has not always been the major religion in the Middle East. In fact the primary religion in the city of Persepolis was not Islam, but Zoroastrianism (Zoroastrianism, n.d. , para 2). Unlike the extremely sexist version of Islam that is displayed
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