AssesMarjane Satrapi, Persepolis
Persepolisis a story that narrates the childhood life of Marjane Satrapi duringthe years of the Iranian revolution. She spent her early year in aschool called Bilingual Coed. She was born in Well-to-do to aneducated family that had both Marxist and political ties. She lovedreading, and her parents always encouraged her reading habits. Withtime, she develops an overwhelming interest in religious studies andat night she would hold conversations with God. As she grows, shegets to know more about her family’s revolutionary past. She isalso aware of the existing conflict between the revolutionarystudents and the various forces of government. She also gets to knowthe class of system that dominates Iran. At one time, there emergedwars between the Iran and Iraq countries after a vacation by Marjiand her family. She and her family had to adopt the war period. Theyadopted by hiding in basements, raising the black curtains and hidingtheir antirevolutionary acts from the police. As she grows, shedevelops a smoking habit and an interest in boys. She grows to bestubborn and rebellious, and she even gets expelled from school forhaving caused enough trouble. Her parents send her abroad to Viennaas a result of her stubborn behavior.
Thebook portrays the culture of the revolutionary Iran through a storyof a young girl. The cultural differences propel the book. Theperceptions we have about Iran are driven or rather are created bythe American culture. Having to read this book exposes the reader toa side of Iran and the Middle East that they would never haveimagined. To many people, the experience of Marji might shock thembecause of their similarities to their stories. The book is alsocompelled by the fact that at a young age, Marji had a visionary anda prophetic calling from God. She could not share with her [parentsand. Therefore, she kept it all to herself. As she grew she turnedout to be stubborn and different having in mind she had a callingfrom God and wanted to use her in a prophetic manner. Her engagementwith boys and smoking and fighting the principal as well are thequalities that the reader never expected her to acquire.
Theview of the Islamic revolution seems to be long overdue from anextended period of both domination and oppression. After a longslumber, the revolution awakes the people. Then there is the Arabicinvasion from the west that is followed by Mongolian invasion and soon. The Iraq and Iran war is referred to as the second Arabicinvasion. According to Mari, she claims that she was ready to defendher country against the Arabs who constantly kept attacking them. Shehad the will to fight. In the book, this shows the Iranian history.
Thewestern culture is also shown in the book. For instance, the life ofMarji is full of the influences by the west. She receives schoolingfrom the western education and attends a French school. As she grows,her love for the western culture keeps intensifying even in the faceof the revolution prohibitions. When they go for a vacation, sherequests that they smuggle back in their country western clothing andmusic as well despite the faces of the revolution prohibition.
Inconclusion, the book shows the culture of the Iranians and theIranian revolution. It incorporates both the culture, westerntradition, Islamic revolution and so on. The book also incorporatesreligion and the various social roles of both men and women.