Analysis Of Marjane Satrapi 's Persepolis Essay

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Marilyn Monroe once said, “A girl knows her limits, but a wise girl knows she has none.” In Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, gender impacts the perception Marji has on gender and independence in society. She comes from a very politically liberal family whom strongly believe in the equal justice and independence of both genders. However, in Iran in the 1980’s, wanting equal independence for both men and women was not a very valued opinion among the government. As a child, Marji has morals in which she believes will guide her through her life. Although, as she gets older, she begins to question those morals and the lines between what she believes is right and wrong begin to blur. Marji is fortunate to grow up with both genders that strongly believe in education, gender equality and the pursuit of independence. Because of these influences, Marji is able to grow and learn to be herself and have her own voice.
Throughout Persepolis, Satrapi explores many themes surrounding feminism and is able to break down female stereotypes within to book. The Western and Iranian women are depicted as unique but also as rebellious. Showing both sides of these women helps one another in the fight to reach a common goal. The two main female roles in Marji’s life are her mother and grandmother. Both of these influences strongly represent the importance of female independence in Marji’s life as she grows up. As a child, Marji is enchanted with how her grandmother holds herself together with…

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