Persepolis: Captivity V. Freedom Essay

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A Contained Country Searching for Freedom

“It was too late. Too many of those who had at least tolerated the Shah's rule had been

lost. Demonstrations continued.” (“The Pahlavi Monarchy Falls” 2) In Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, the country of Iran undergoes a series of governmental changes which restricted the citizens. Ironically, when the Shah’s regime fell, the citizens believed they would gain a limitless freedom with no boundaries; however, the citizens were experiencing an unhappy life full of fear and misery. Happiness is tied to the freedoms in doing whatever you want, the citizens of Iran never fully obtained freedom or happiness because of the strict clothing, call of actions, and material goods. In the opening scene
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Her insecurity of getting caught at a party with wine, both of which were forbidden, showcased how much of an impact the government has on the citizens and the terror that lies within them if they were to possibly happen get caught. (Fig. 7) “I found myself with the newborn baby we had been celebrating in my arms. Her mother had already abandoned her.” (Satrapi 107) That alone, depicts the sad and harsh reality of how an individual can not even challenge government laws or rules because the outcome is
Fig. 7 (p. 107)

far more severe and life-threatening if and when they rebel

against authority. One reader can argue that Marji’s aunt fled out of fear because of the bombings during the war and it had no correlation to being caught. However, her action of abandoning her baby at the party can justify my reasonings of her fear of being caught. Another different scenario in which an action led to the a somber outcome was when Marji’s friend, Pardisse talked about her father, who was a fighter pilot, and how he died during the Iraq-Iran War. Pardisse expressed that she would rather have “him alive and in jail rather than dead and be a hero” stating her father’s
Fig. 7 (p. 107)

freedom was cut short even if it were a “heroic” action. (Satrapi 86) Seemed like no matter what

type of action the citizens of Iran did, whether it were: demonstrations, fleeing, commemorating, etc. the

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