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The Role of Religion in Marjane Satrapi's Life throughout Pe

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Transcript of The Role of Religion in Marjane Satrapi's Life throughout Pe

Citations
"Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Summary and Analysis." Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Study Guide : Summary and Analysis of "Introduction," "The Veil," and "The Bicycle" N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2014.
"Documenting the Past: “Persepolis – The Story of a Childhood” by Marjane Satrapi." Everybookhasitsday. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2014.
"Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Summary." Study Guides & Essay Editing. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2014.

The story begins in 1980, when Marjane is a school girl. A year after the Islamic Revolution.
The Islamic Revolution also known as the Iranian Revolution involved the overthrowing of the Pahlavi Dynasty under Mohammed Reza Shah Pallavi and its replacement with an Islamic Republic under the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Islamic Republic: Resented the Western culture, considered women to inferior to men.
Setting of Persepolis

Marjane starts the book with 'The Veil' being the first chapter.
Religion is an important part of her life.
She looks sad wearing the veil.
She explains the Islamic Revolution in detail to create a setting.
States that the veil was obligatory and that she didn't like it. (3)
Boys and girls are separated and bilingual schools are shut as they are considered to be symbols of capitalism. (4)
The Veil: Symbols of Personal and Cultural Identity.
Protests for and against the veil were made. Marjane's mother was against the veil.
Marjane considers herself to be very religious. In fact, she says she was born with religion. (6)
Her parents are modern, however.
This causes an internal conflict for Marjane.
Internal Conflict
Marjane starts believing that she is a prophet at the tender age of 6.
She wants to be a prophet because "our maid did not eat with us, because my father had a Cadillac and above all because my grandmother's knees always ached." (6)
Marjane wants equality and the complete removal of suffering from people's lives.
She talks to God and considers herself to be the chosen one.
She says "I wanted to be justice, love and wrath of God all in one." (9)
Prophet
Begins the chapter by saying "My faith was not unshakable." (10) Foreshadowing Marjane's abandonment of her faith.
She starts reading and learning about her country's past and political ideas such as Marxism.
Her increasing interest in these ideas, causes a decrease in her interest towards God. She tells God she doesn't want to be a prophet. (13)
As she is growing, heading towards the politcal and social realities of the world, she distances herself away from God.

Moving away from God- The Bicycle
Even though Marjane starts learning about her country's past and the social and political realities, she is still naive enough to think that the King was chosen by God. (19)
Also because it is comforting to think so.
On page 25, when Marjane gets to know that her grandfather had been tortured, she decides to take a long bath and God is there to comfort her.
When Marjane hears stories of people like Mohsen and Siamak being tortured in prison, she feels terrified and says "The only place I felt safe was in the arms of God.
Marjane keeps returning to God whenever she feels vulnerable or scared.
Comfort in God
Marjane loses complete faith in God during 'The Sheep' chapter.
She gets to know about Uncle Anoosh during the 'Moscow' chapter.
She immediately feels attached to him and considers him to be a 'hero'.
Therefore when he is executed by the Islamic Fundamentalists, she is really hurt.
She realizes that world is an unfair place and feels hurt that the almighty, fair God, didn't save her Uncle.
Turning Point
Once she loses faith in God, Marjane doesn't fear anything or anyone.
She defies the customs by wearing tight jeans, punk sneakers, jean jacket and a Micheal Jackson pin. (132)
Basically a symbol of complete westernization.
Something that Islamic Fundamentalists hated the most.
Acts of Rebellion
The Role of Religion in Marjane Satrapi's Life throughout Persepolis:
The Story of a
Childhood.

Conclusion
Marjane is born with religion and God is an important of her life.
Internal Conflict
Prophet
Moving away from God
Comfort in God
Turning Point
Acts of Rebellion

Ironically, the closer society and religion tries to bring us to God, the further it takes us away from him.
"I like you Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."- Mahatma Gandhi.
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