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The Complete Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi

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The Complete Persepolis -
By Marjane Satrapi
The Complete Persepolis Themes:
Femininity.
-Women are judged for how much skin they show toward the middle of Marjane’s life. The dress code for women in Iran becomes increasingly strict throughout the progression of Marjane’s life. While limiting one’s wardrobe may not pose serious limitations on women by itself, it is the beginning of oppression and a stripping of human rights.
-Luckily for Marjane, she was able to keep much of her independent nature and feminine freedom because of the influence of her progressive mother. Her mom was born before the regime stripped women of many of their rights and encouraged Marjane and eventually sent her out of Iran for fear that she would be arrested for her rebellious nature.
-After high school when Marjane returns to Iran, she brings back a lot of more progressive European traits to her native country. For example, her new found liberated view of sex is viewed as inappropriate for Iranian women.

Coming of Age.
-Marjane’s teenage angst propels this story. Though some of the angst is specific to Iranian life, discovering one’s identity and purpose is not specific to Iran. The use of American pop culture themes in this book makes the life of Marjane less foreign to Western readers. Marjane is infatuated with punk music and fashion at an early age and uses these artistic modes to come of age in Iran, and later, Vienna.
-Had Marjane stayed in Iran and never experienced Vienna, it’s very possible that Marjane’s coming of age would’ve been quite different and the conclusions she came to about her identity could’ve been altered.

Freedom.
-Freedom was a common theme for everyone in Iran in the 1980s as this sparked the beginning of the suppression of many freedoms. Marjane was born into a very free culture that slowly but surely took many of her freedoms away from her. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to wear what you want, be who you want and live how you went were all issues in Marjane’s world. Women had to wear veils and dress like Muslim fundamentalists and many were arrested and executed because of their beliefs and statements.

The book was later adapted into a film. The trailer for the movie that was co-directed by Marjane is below:
Ways that The Complete Persepolis related to our course:
 Women’s struggles

o Although this book is held years after the other books we have read women in Iran are still viewed as not equal to men.

o The rights to women in Iran are very limited, and the biggest rule is there clothing.

o The veil they have to wear was a huge challenge to women

o Women were constantly told that they couldn’t do things out the concern for men, and how they would react to it.
About The Author:
Marjane Satrapi
-An Iranian-born French graphic novelist.

The Complete Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
Born November 22, 1969 to a middle-class Iranian family.
Art was very prevalent in her childhood.
She grew up with American comics, but also with growing tensions in Iran.
She experienced the increasingly tumultuous Iranian world through the brutalities of a number of regimes.
BEGINNINGS: Marjane Satrapi
She idolize her uncle, Anoosh, for his bravery and he treated her like a daughter. It wasn’t uncommon for her family friends to be arrested during this time and even murdered. Eventually, Anoosh died when he was executed as a political prisoner. While in prison, Anoosh was allowed one visitor. He chose Marjane as that visitor.
Marjane was very spirited, rebellious and rambunctious in her youth. Because of this, her parents feared she may get in trouble with the regimes and face the same fate as her uncle. This fear heightened with increasingly strict public codes for females.
Her parents made her study abroad in Vienna, Austria in 1983 to study French. She lived in Vienna all through her high school experience and eventually returned to Iran after catching pneumonia. She then studies visual communications and got her Master’s degree from Islamic Azad University in Tehran.

Religion

o I thought Marjane’s relationship with Islam reminded me the most of Jane Eyre’s with God. Both women struggle to stay close to their relationship with god and stay true to their values through out the book. For Jane, she fell in love with a man who she could not have a relationship with, and it was a battle with in herself to leave him and stick to her values that she instilled at a young age. With Marjane, in the beginning of the novel she has a very close relationship with God and even says she wants to be a prophet. However, as the book goes on we see plenty of examples where Marjane does not follow her morals and values, but she redeems herself and eventually goes back to her original views and remains a close relationship with God.
 Family

o Most the books we read, the story focused more on a man or a woman, just

one character and their feelings. The sense of family is not a common theme

through out the other books. I think it wasn’t a common theme in other

books because the woman back then was only supposed to be seen as the

mother and the care taker, and most of the books we read opposed this view

and didn’t want it to be the only role women were given. In this story family

is one of the center points and basically the center of Marjane’s life. She

shows great emotion towards her family and talks about them a lot through

out the book. The book would not be the same with out Marjane’s family and

the things they taught her. The only book to me that the same definition on

family was Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. We saw the family interactions

and how being a slave and keeping a family together can be a great struggle.

Also both showed the hardships of minorities. Marjane was a minority when

she went to study abroad in Austria and at times it was very difficult with

her, especially when trying to remain close with her family. This was also

true for Linda Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
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