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Rebellion in Persepolis

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Katia Kappele

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Transcript of Rebellion in Persepolis

Different Levels of Rebellion
The Culture of Rebellion
All acts of rebellion are taken with some risk.
Iranian political
prisoners could
face years of torture, including but not limited to whipping and mock executions.
Personal Rebellion
Shown in chapters like "The Cigarette," personal
rebellion comes when a person desires freedom.
Although Marjane did show an act of rebellions by smoking the cigarette (117), her lack of desire to continue her obsession with punk and pop culture after returning to Iran may be seen as one as well. After seeing that not all rebellion is for a cause, she decided to cast away what she had stood for.

Each act still stood with a risk- the cigarette could've been found by her mother or the authorities and she risked the loss of her friends by casting away her false "rebellion."
Social Rebellion
Throughout most of the places Marjane traveled, people felt that their version of rebellion could be expressed through the way they acted as a culture.
Rebellion in Persepolis
Katia Kappele
Personal: The steps you take as an individual to rebel.

Social: The steps your culture and style takes to rebel.

Political: The steps a group of people take to change the government.
Marjane describes this on pages 50-52.
In the chapter Kim Wilde, Marjane uses herself as an example of cultural revolution. Even the clothes she wears becomes a risk- she almost gets arrested for wearing a denim jacket. (133)
Pop culture in other areas became the rebellious culture of Iran.
While Iranians used items of self-indulgence and wore slightly revealing clothes, in Europe, rebellion was expressed through other means.

Punk rock became popular, along with Anarchist ideas.

However, many rebels simply played along to follow a trend.
I do fear for the generations of people who came of age thinking that pop-punk is what punk is, and that all the rebellion you need is just to stick your tongue out in the mirror every once in a while.
Jello Biafra
Rebellion cannot exist without the feeling that somewhere, in some way, you are justified.
Albert Camus
Political Rebellion
Marjane witnessed the causes and effects of political rebellion from her own eyes - the title of the chapter "The Heroes" (47) goes to show what these people went through to act.
Coup d'etats caused heavy shifts in government policies. Fallen leaders were punished, and sometimes, acts of reform granting freedom were reverted, therefore taking away the rights of the people.
People like Marjane's relatives and the
fighters of repression would continue on
with their rebellion through protest.
This was shown in the movie "The Square."
Questions
To what extent is rebellion faked in
Iran, and to what extent is rebellion
true in Europe as shown in Persepolis?
Would Marjane be considered a rebel? Why?
How does Marjane develop and recognize her
own rebellion?
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