Persepolis

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Personal Troubles and Public Issues in Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi’s novel Persepolis is an in depth look at Marjane’s child hood in Iran. Throughout the novel Marji faces many public issues which directly relate to her personal troubles. While Marji was growing up she witnessed the relinquishment of the Shah’s regime, The Islamic revolution and the Iraq v Iran war. Her novel covers an eight year span, from the ages six to fourteen. Even though the novel begins when Marji is only six years old she was more politically aware then most modern day adolescents. Marji was extremely young during majority of the events throughout the novel but her age did not stop public issues from directly affecting herself and others around her. While reading Persepolis I was able to get an in depth look at how Iran not only was in war with surrounding Countries but also at war within its own borders.

When Persepolis first began Marji attended a coed non religious school. This was normal for Iran until the Cultural Revolution. The Iranian government ordered that bilingual schools be closed down because they were a sign of capitalization and westernization. This caused great turmoil among the people of Iran. Half of the women were against wearing the veil and the other half were highly religious and believed that the veil must be worn as sign of respect to their religion and also their country. This public issue directly affected Marji because her mother was among the women who believed the veil wasn’t necessary. Seeing as Marji’s mother was strongly against being forced to wear the veil she often participated in demonstrations, one time while she was demonstrating her photo was taken. Marji’s mom had to go into hiding she was forced to dye her hair and hide her face in public out of the fear that someone would recognize her. This public issue became very personal for Marji because she thought of herself as strongly religious and even wanted to be a prophet but she wasn’t...
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