Essay on Marjane Satrapi 's ' Persepolis '

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Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis illustrates how living life in a state of war can cause people to resort to destructive behaviors that dehumanize others, particularly women. In Marguerite Abouet’s Aya: Life in Yop City, the character Aya represents the modern women who desires independence and values herself and her goals. Here, she is presented as distinct from her carefree friends who represent the character of how young women should act. Marjane in her teenage years also represents a young teenager trying to be her own person amidst a society that’s gradually degrading the status of women. The conflict presented in both Persepolis and Aya: Life in Yop City shows that the protagonists live in a society that is too restrictive for women, but for different reasons therefore they are not strictly comparable.
The struggles woman face is clearly apparent in Persepolis, while in Aya these difficulties aren’t the focus, but only in specific dramatic moments. The villagers in Aya are complacent and aren’t pushing for any changes in the familial structure. In the totalitarian society of Persepolis the debate leads to acts of protest against the regime, but later the rebels back off as the demonstrations become dangerous especially for the women. In Aya, the only woman who defies the accepted norm of the peasantry is Aya whose modern viewpoint reflects that of someone with a Western perspective like the author and the intended Western audience, like Persepolis.
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