Persepolis

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Persepolis

Gender within a specific culture, country, or even household can have a various amount of roles and predetermined ways of life placed upon individuals. The characters inside the stories of Persepolis and “Mrs. Dutta writes a letter” truly give an audience an idea of how both Men and Women handle the roles they have according to society. Whether its rebellion, or conformity, the characters path is set to find deeper meaning and happiness. Marjane is forced to face her role of gender in many forms throughout the entire film of Persepolis. First, Islamic politics would project Marjane’s early onset of rebellion. The Biased teachers preach to the children their respect for the “Shah”, and like any young child would, Marjane originally believed in what her instructor had to say. Being a young and energetic kid, she chanted and repeated the view she had learned in class, but her parents were on the other side of the fence. They instilled in Marjane their true feelings about the “Shah”, whom was causing harm to city and many of their loved ones. Instantly she entered into rebellion mode, and lashed out at her Instructor and fellow classmates. The execution of her beloved Uncle, would only anger and strengthen her views even more, and her outspoken personality forced her parents to send her away, as it is unacceptable in their society for a female to voice her opinion in such a manner. On the other hand as a male in the community she would have been preparing to fight in the violent, rebellious war.

Next, the restrictions placed on women in the Iranian culture, were very relevant in Marjane’s story. She had two incidents with the police that portrayed these restrictions. The first one, she was seen running down the street, and the police stopped her, saying it made her butt look indecent. In the second incident, she is in fear of being scolded for wearing red lipstick, so she quickly diverts the attention from herself, and lies to the police, claiming...
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