Analysis Of Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi Essay

756 Words Nov 9th, 2014 4 Pages
In the 1970’s and 1980’s Iran underwent a revolution that would change the policies of the entire nation. The monarchy lead by Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi wanted to modernize and westernize Iran, whereas Ayatollah Khomeini wanted to get back to the roots of Islamic customs. The clash of ideals resulted in a revolution in Iran that put the Islamic Republic into power. Thousands of men and women were imprisoned for their political beliefs. Everyday people had to worry about what they wore, what the government thought of them and if they were being too rebellious. The novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi depicts some of the hardships that she faced while living through the drastic changes set in motion by the revolution.

In Persepolis, Marjane described a family friend that had been captured in the Islamic Revolution by the Shah and his forces. Most people that were captured or killed were nothing more than street protesters that apposed Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. He imprisoned protesters that he saw as a threat to his power. Soon people started to hear stories from the prison that brutal torture was taking place. These stories reached President Jimmy Carter who asked that human rights be observed and access to military technology be restricted. On September 8, 1978, hundreds of protesters were massacred in the streets of Tehran. Since the United States supports the Shah and is one of Iran’s closest oil traders, they agreed to the terms[1].One of Marjane’s family…

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