The Complete Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi

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Review of Literature While I will pull from other sources, the main focus of this paper will be The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Throughout this graphic novel, Satrapi tells her life story and what it was like growing up in Iran. In the opening illustrations, she describes her childhood and her transition from a secular school to one that was religious and separated by gender. At this time it had become law for a woman to wear the veil, or head scarf when in public. Iran transitioned from a government who was forcing them to westernize, to one that legally enforced Islamic practices. Her main concentrations are the social restrictions she faced and the events that occurred around her, which included wars and revolutions. These events caused her parents to push her to flee Iran at the age of fourteen, in hopes of a better life in a European nation. She quickly developed a sense of statelessness (Satrapi). While in Europe, she was seen as “an Iranian in the West” and did not fit in, so she decided to return to Iran with hopes of once again feeling at home, but quickly realized she was now “a Westerner in Iran” (Satrapi 272). This feeling is not uncommon for the people of Iran, for their nation was being torn between Islamic traditions and invading Western ideas. The respectable representation of this can be found in The Modern Middle East: A History by James Gelvin. Gelvin gives his readers an in depth look at the Iranian Revolution and, not only tells
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