Through The Eyes Of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

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Reflective Statement on Persepolis The Socratic seminar was valuable in terms of strengthening my understanding of cultural and contextual considerations in the novel. Before the discussion, I had a limited awareness of the relevance of the central themes and events in Persepolis. After the discussion, I had a heightened awareness of how the issues of Persepolis are applicable to our 21st-century life in America. Thomas began the discussion by questioning the importance of time and place in the work. The majority agreed that it was very important as the revolution in Iran shaped the novel. Sterling noted the uniqueness of the situation of changing from a modern, western society to religious fundamentalist society. Contrary…show more content…
Through graphic images, Satrapi vividly showcases her transition into adulthood using candid, honest language. In doing so, she creates a literal picture of life for women before and after the Iranian Revolution. The focus of the novel gradually transitions from a young woman trying to understand the war to a young woman trying to understand herself. In this compelling novel, Satrapi explores the roles and rights of women as she both challenges and conforms to society’s ideals. Satrapi introduces the veil at the start of the novel. On page 3, Marjane describes her classmates’ response to the veil: “We didn’t really like to wear the veil, especially since we didn’t understand why we had to” (pg. 3). This quotation is accompanied by images that emphasize the children’s lack of understanding the purpose of the veil. There are images of the young girls playing with their veils on the schoolyard and speech bubbles that say, “Give me my veil back!” and “Giddyap!” Previously, the Reza Shad of Iran had abolished the veil, but at the start of the Iranian Revolution, it became a requirement for young girls to wear the veil at school. Through this, Satrapi illustrates the restrictions placed on women beginning at a young age. In a similar manner, older women are attacked. Later on in the novel, two fundamentalist men harass Marjane’s mother for not wearing the veil (pg. 74). Their reasoning is that women must wear the veil to protect themselves from “all the potential rapists.” Apparently, “women’s hair emanates rays that excite men.” This frustrates Marjane’s own father, as he declares, “They think all men are perverts!” In effect, showing a few strands of hair becomes a sign of resistance (pg.
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