Role of Women in Persepolis
In the book, “The Complete Persepolis” written by Marjane Satrapi every woman had a prescribed role. The role of Marji’s maid was to show that social class differences do exist and to show what happens within these social class differences. Marji’s mother’s role was to support Marji and make sure that she was well off, while her grandmother’s role was also to support her and give her words of wisdom. Her school teachers’ role was to make sure that the female children, attending the school, wore their veils, while the guardians of the revolution’s role were to arrest females that were improperly veiled. The younger Marji’s role was to show us how the Iranian Revolution/ the mandatory wearing of the veil affected her life, while the older Marji’s role was to show us how Iranian cultural expectations of gender differ from Western cultural expectations of gender.
These women were forced into these prescribed roles and some managed to rebel against them. Two example of this was when it became mandatory to wear the veil at school and when she was held up by the guardians of the revolution. In 1979 the Islamic revolution took place and in 1980, when Marji was no little more than ten years old, it was mandatory to wear the veil at school. As you can see in the picture on the left, the teacher is giving the female students s veil and telling them to “wear this”. These children obviously didn’t have any clue of what was going on and why they had to wear the veil, so the rebelled against it. As you can see in the picture on the left the children didn’t understand why there were wearing the veil, so they had no respect for it. They used it as blind folds, reins and even jump ropes. The guardians of the revolution were the ones who would arrest women for not being veiled properly. In the picture on the left, Marji was held up by the guardians of the revolution because she was improperly veiled. She had on the wrong kind of shoes, “punk shoes”,...
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