13 March 2014

Persepolis, The Unveiling

       The reading we did of Persepolis shows a young Marjane during the Islamic revolution. Her parents were active protesters, during this time there were many government atrocities. Before the revolution began Marjane was very devout, she even wanted to be a prophet. During the revolution however, she prayed less and less, her faith in god began to lessen. Once the revolution ended, Islamic rule came into effect. Women and girls had to wear the hijab, and any implication of capitalism was shut down by the government. Many were against this new reign, and Marjane and her parents were among them.
        Fast forward to when Marjane is 14 and you see she is no longer in Iran but in Vienna. Her mother sent her to a friends house there because she felt it was safer than where she was. Once there Marjane was very uncomfortable in the atmosphere, soon after her arrival, her mothers friend sent her off to a catholic boarding school. She didn't speak german very well so at first she had issues with language and making friends, she eventually does make friends. Eventually, she is asked to leave the boarding school after a disagreement with a nun, who she then proceeded to call an ex-prostitute. In the end she went to live with one of her friends from the boarding school.
       Marjane seems like a believable character, she's relatable, because every kid wants to be like their parents when theyre little(Persepolis17), and I think every kid atleast for a little believes in god when theyre young. Satrapi told this story, to show that even if she was raised in a third world country, she's still like a regular kid. She also wrote this story to show, especially western culture, that third world countries are not helpless, and most of their problems are created because of western culture. She's still rebellious(Persepolis, 177) and shy and has a hard time making friends(Persepolis,164), just like anyone else. Persopolis is just like any other teen coming of age story, this is a good aspect of the story , because as I said earlier, it makes it relatable to everyone, even if it is from the point of view of someone from an oppressed war torn country. I think its interesting that this graphic novel is written by a woman and giving us a female perspective, because comics are a predominately male business, so for a woman to do it is always interesting. This is also interesting because, even though it's from a "female" point of view, it's not much different from a male perspective. Which shows us agin how relatable this character is to everyone.

This is a creepy nun . Just putting it out there.

1 comment:

  1. Late! But a good post ;-) Except for the creepy nun...