12 March 2014

Persepolis the Marjane Satrapi Story

Persepolis is about a young girl named Marjane Satrapi who takes us through her life as she explains what she has been through during and after the Islamic Revolution of the 1970 in Iran with her family. She started off the story by telling us about the year her and her fellow students were obligated to wear a veil at school ( as shown on page 3). In the 1980's they declared all bilingual schools must be closed because they were symbols of Capitalism  of decadence which was called " The Cultural Revolution" which young Marjane and few friends were veiled and separated from others. Her mother later joined the demonstrations for and against the veil in the streets. But 10 year old Marjane thought about becoming a prophet  to stop the suffering and to spread justice and love among everyone. This thought later disappeared when she started to see the way of her local political system during the revolution in Iran.
                                 In the year 1954 Marjane had moved to Austria with the idea of leaving Iran's religious ways to a new beginning with her mothers best friend but instead she enrolled her into a boarding school ran by nuns because of her living conditions. Which taught Marjane to fend for herself and grow up a little bit faster. She met a group of new friends that were very interested in the fact she was from Iran and she knew a great amount of history from the war. As everyone went on vacations for Christmas Marjane stayed and read up on books which thought her many things like the history of the commune. She felt she had to educate her self and to understand who she was. Until one day Marjane went to watch TV with the nuns after cooking. She sat down and started to eat out of the pot she had made her meal in and one of the nuns made a remark about Iranians that caused her to call them prostitues which resulted to her leaving the school.
                                  Marjane does in fact seem like a believable character because she actually takes us back into the story of her life and what she had to go through a lot of other books just dive deep into the point and doesn't let our minds wonder whats in the next chapter. I think Satrapi told us this story to give us a better understanding from her perspective as a child which she had to go through the beginning and end of it all. And to show us her common thoughts on the war its self and what was happening.  Persepolis is just a stereo typical coming of the age story because Satrapi was looked over because she was a Iranian. When she left Iran people often judge her off her race and common knowledge of the war. Also Iranians believe men were smarter then boys but she later proved that statement wrong because she kept focused on reading book. its a good thing because the story shows no matter what believe in yourself and you abilities and its also a bad thing because no one should be shown the color of your skin and your sexual orientation should automatically show who you are.
                          For the simple fact that this comic is about a woman's experience and from a woman's point of view. it shows that woman are at the same level as a man and shouldn't be thought of as lesser then that. I really enjoyed reading this book because it gave me the inside life of Marjane and being Irainan going through the Revolution. And it shows me what most Iranians go through throughout the 1980's.

1 comment:

  1. Good post, Nini! But where's your picture from? Also, why is your whole post in italics?