The Iranian Revolution In Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

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The graphic novel Persepolis depicts the Iranian revolution from a child’s point-view through the eyes of the author Marjane Satrapi. Satrapi describes her experiences and actions while being raised during and after the Iranian revolution. The Iranian revolution was based strongly on the Islam faith and the establishment of an “Islamic Republic” (Crossroads and Cultures, 1008). After the year 1980 when the revolution had been resolved, women and girls were required to wear veils and were discriminated against as less privileged by men. They had to attend different schools then the boys and were seen as lower class citizens. Marji saw these changes as wrong and she thought that she could help to change these wrongdoings in her society. As Marji grew older she thought that becoming a prophet would benefit her in helping to solve women’s social issues and reestablish women as important and equal members of society. While following Marji through this novel it will be shown that she resists these negative aspects of the revolution and she fights and battles against the government’s attempted control over the faith and organizations of Iran.
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After their chance of producing a stronger form of government had been unsuccessful, “the country had to go back to their indigenous culture” (Encyclopedia Britannica, Iranian Revolution of 1978-79). While being a super cell of oil in the middle east, the government lacked the strength and support of their people to create a modernized and developed country. Because of many negative effects from the government such as “sociopolitical repression” (Encyclopedia Britannica, Iranian Revolution of 1978-79), the Iranian’s broke the final straw and were convinced to fight back against the Shah and create a more modernized and Islam based government

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