Iranian Revolution and Comic Book Persepolis

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Persepolis The memoir of Marjane Satrapi growing up in Iran is written as a very personal account in the comic book Persepolis. This is a story that describes her life during the Islamic Revolution which includes her moral, physical, religious, and psychological struggles she endured. Being the setting of a bloody war with Iraq, Iran was not the ideal environment Marjane’s parents wanted her to grow up in. Persepolis represents a unique life of a child in Tehran, Iran and the actions she took in order to survive the political upheaval her country was facing. Marjane Satrapi is of great importance in teaching us the hardships of life during war as well as the history of her country. Persepolis was chosen to be on the summer reading list of books, each of which are of great historical importance, because it is a remarkable story of someone who lived during the Islam ic Revolution. Marjane Satrapi herself is not extraordinary in the grand scheme of history, but she does represent what families encountered in trying to adjust to the war against Iraq when the new regime emerged. She teaches us the changes that took place in Iran during this time period such as mandatory laws stating that women wear veils and how all games, alcohol, and parties were banned. Satrapi describes the actions she took to stand up against injustices as a young girl when she decides she wants to be a revolutionary. The Islamic Revolution and the war that followed the revolution are important in history because they show the causes and effects of war and how it can consequently destroy a country and provoke tyranny and injustice. The events described in Persepolis also inform us of the chaos Iran has gone through to get to its current state. There are a variety of lessons from Persepolis that can be applied to modern day events regarding war as well as everyday life. The war was the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths as well as severe economic damage. The history presented in this book shows us the costs and damages of war which we can learn from in order to help us in our current war and in the future. Marjane Satrapi faces racism and sexism during her life that had a huge impact on her and eventually led her to leave Iran for better opportunities in Austria. We learn that oppressive close-minded governments compel people to rebel. Marjane and other women are discriminated against constantly in Iran if they show too much skin or their clothes are too tight, however, the laws are not correspondent with the ones for males. When Marjane leaves Iran and goes to Austria she is treated indecently because she is an Iranian.

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