Persepolis

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Akshay Rama
Mr. Clarke
Literature/Writing
28 September 2013
Too much for a 12 year old
In the story The Cigarette in the graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi it shows the different conflicts Marji has. Marji is conflicted with her parents, however it is not a bad thing, it is a crucial part of her growth as a person. Marji and her mom agree that the revolution is what is best for the country while rejecting other views like when her mom was mad at her for going out for burgers instead of attending grammar class. This rebellious attitude enables her to create her own identity and grow into her own self. This relationship is shown by Marji when she is being scolded by her mom for ditching grammar class, frustrated she calls her mom the “Guardian of the Revolution”. Marji also takes a step into adulthood by doing an action her mom would never approve of, smoking a cigarette stolen from her uncle. Later, Marji hears a broadcast with her mom and this makes her realize that the government is trying to prevent peace and is telling them the wrong information. In this story we see how Marji and the society both start to understand what the government is trying to do while seeing Marji grow. Marji is able to grow from the experiences she goes through with her parents and the society. Marji finally learns what the government is doing, before Marji was always confused of how the government was being run. After listening to the news broadcast Marji realizes that the government is trying to prevent the peace and therefore wants the war to go on. As Marji is growing, the society is growing with her also, even though the government is trying to manipulate the citizens. Marji and the society found out that the regime is trying to eradicate all the people who are against the regime. When Marji is forced to argue with her mom she shows that she can back up her beliefs and not give in to her mom’s anger. These competing groups essentially were creating growing pains...
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