Compare and Contrast Essay
The novel Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat is a memoir about the many challenges of growing up in Iran. Some of the challenges that she faced were serving time in the Evin Prison for speaking out against the Iranian government, escaping a death sentence and finally fleeing Iran for a new life in Canada. Persepolis is a memoir written by Marjane Satrapi, which is an autobiographical graphic novel that explores a childhood in Iran during the turbulent years surrounding the 1979 Iranian Revolution. It also talks about how the government was overthrown, the theocracy that was introduced, and the war with neighboring Iraq. Marina and Marjane are both heroes because they stand up for what they believe in, they try and promote equality for women and they both do things so that the world can see what is really happening in Iran; however, they show these qualities in different ways throughout the novels. Both Marina and Marjane are heroes in many similar and different ways through out their lives. In the Prisoner of Tehran, Marina stands up for what she believes in by speaking out against the Iranian Government opposing the oppressive policies of the new Islamic Government, attending demonstrations and writing an anti-revolutionary article in a student newspaper, which shows a lot of bravery. In one instance, a man named Ali says, “I can see that you’re a brave girl.” (pg.15) She is also considered a hero because she spoke out against the new regime but in return she was arrested, tortured and raped. In Persepolis Marjane Strongly believes in fighting for what she believes in by doing things differently than what a normal Iranian women would do. Marjane would always stand up for what she believed in by shouting “I had learned that you should always shout louder than your aggressor.”(pg.143) In Addition she is a hero because she survived growing up in a Tehran with a growing suppression of civil liberties and the everyday consequences of...
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