Analysis Of Satrapi's Persepolis

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Throughout the story Persepolis, there are many incidences where Marjane Satrapi's accuracy of how the historical events unfolded are questioned, and when you think about it, her influences may have distorted her interpretation of fact. How she regarded the topics of social classes, religion, and the revolution would have been affected by her environment, her age, her religion, her wealth, and much more. All of those influences combine to create Marjane’s perspective, and her perspective affects her presentation of social classes, religion, and revolution. To go a little deeper into how Satrapi’s presentation of the divide in social classes is thrown off by her perspective, her childhood experiences come into play. First,…show more content…
Her religion can be demonstrated by the picture of the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain. The Emirate of Umm al Quwain is the center of all Islamic religion, and it is where everything “concerned with all aspects of the Islamic religion” takes place (Umm Al Quwain government online). Religion is an important aspect of the book Persepolis. Correspondingly, the theme of religion is regularly mentioned in the book. Marjane is very religion-oriented; when she is young, she believes she is the last prophet, and she constantly holds conversations with God. Her close relationship with her religion caused her to feel certain ways about things, like when she is devastated and confused at finding out that God did not actually choose the Shah. Religion also shows up in the book when the Shah begins to enforce the religion more strictly upon the country. The women are forced to wear the veil, alcohol and parties are banned, and posters, tapes, and memorabilia no longer are allowed into the country. The Guardians of the Revolution take it further and arrest anybody who is ‘improperly veiled’, or is not wearing appropriate clothes. Consequently, this change in how religion is viewed and enforced affects Marjane’s perspective; in the beginning of the book, when it is everything to her, she writes with that tone, saying that she “wanted to celebrate traditional Zarathustrian holidays” (Satrapi 7). (Zarathustra is the first prophet). After the revolution, and after she matures enough to know certain things,for example, when she finds out God didn’t select the Shah, she has less regard for her religion. She starts writing about what is happening from a more omniscient perspective, telling that women led “opposition presentations … to defend

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