Marjane Satrapi Analysis

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Merna Mikhail Professor Marcia Bailey Mosaics I February 28, 2015 Marjane Satrapi has the chance to travel to the Greek era when Socrates is still alive and being prosecuted. She has travelled using the time machine and becomes one of the people who visits Socrates before his death. After meeting Socrates, Satrapi seeks a definition of justice and so does Socrates. So, Socrates uses The Trials of Socrates and Satrapi uses The Complete Persepolis in order to reach a consensus that justice has only one meaning, but misinterpretation of it leads to injustice. This is evidenced in The Trials of Socrates when Socrates refuses to prove justice through an unjust act because he rejects escaping from his death penalty although he is innocent and slandered.…show more content…
Socrates: One can easily understand “justice” if they know the difference between “the Law” and “law” since Laws are made to create justice. Satrapi: It seems to me that you have deep thoughts. What is the difference between both? Socrates: The Law is perfect and is symbolized as a blindfolded woman carrying a scale and judges people fairly, but a law is an unethical act/action made by slanders who usually have authority to kill or accuse innocent people. Satrapi: The same happened in Iran when people revolt asking for freedom and justice, but “After Black Friday, there was one massacre after another, many people were killed.” (Satrapi, 40,…show more content…
This is exactly what Uncle Fereydoon does when he meets his fate and his end by the Shah, “He could have run away like most of his friends did. But he decides to stay.” (Satrapi, 57, bottom, right). He always believes that “justice is the basis of democracy. All men should be equal in the eyes of the Law.” (Satrapi, 55, top, right). Socrates: By accepting the death penalty because of false accusations, people will always remember and honor what I am doing now because they are going to be aware of justice and Law. But cowardice and escaping will result in failure in achieving justice. Satrapi: you say that you have to die in order to be remembered for your doings, “I also don’t want those Iranians who lost their lives in prisons defending freedom, who died in the war against Iraq, who suffered under various repressive regimes, or who were forced to leave their families and flee their homeland to be forgotten. One can forgive, but one should never forget.” (Satrapi, Introduction to The Complete

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