Persepolis Themes

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The Seed of Western Values
Prompt C The Eastern world is a mystical and fascinating world, the West has always viewed it differently throughout history showing the Eastern cultures as barbaric or uncivilized. Although our history classes show them in a different perspective the area is culturally rich and has deep roots of its ancestral past. In the graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, the reader dives into the mystical world and the modernization, regime changes, and religious revival that has swept the ancient state of Persia into the new Iran. The novel reveals a different side of history where the natives share the negative impacts that imperialism brought to Iran, a America that does not protect democracy, and the harsh reality
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Yet the submissive control over developing countries remained an option for the winners. Imperialism was the newly coined term to describe the intervention of the United States and Britain in the resources, government, and militaries of the countries that offered a materialistic benefit to the economy. To maintain the ridiculous request of the West, many of the leaders that were put in place were not democratic like the requesters and abused the people to maintain their leadership status and keep the stronger powers above him satisfied. That leader was the Shah. With a huge American fingerprint over his road to power, he was locked under their control, and has forced many of his political opponents into suppression using military power and imprisonment. Satrapi shares the horror stories surrounding the Shah’s arrests, which in the beginning of the revolution, “The political prisoners were liberated … there were 3000 of them” (Satrapi 47). During the Shah’s power, he has acted against almost 3000 journalists, communist sympathisers and preachers as another trait of lacking in democratic values, yet for the benefit of the democratic powerhouses in the West. In the end, the intervention of the West in the close East has destabilized many of the developing countries in return for short term gains for materialistic resources that became a dependency for the economy. This dependency …show more content…
The fall of overpowering militaristic regimes and the rise of fundamentalist ideas that uptake the ideas of freedom and individuality. The blame is not only on the Western powers, but also on the intellectuals who have not stepped up after the fall to gather the pieces and prevent a religiously extremist based government. From Persepolis my views of Iran have not changed, the sad truth behind abusing militaristic regimes comes out to repeat itself when they abused come into power; the scenario is similar to the Stanford Prison Experiment. The intruding principles and extremist ideals have brought the revolting country to a weak point caused by the fundamentalists that turned into an opportunity for their Iraqi neighbors to invade. The war caused terrible losses, “The number of casualties was enormous but equally uncertain. Estimates of total casualties range from 1,000,000 to twice that number. The number killed on both sides was perhaps 500,000, with Iran suffering the greatest losses. It is estimated that between 50,000 and 100,000 Kurds were killed by Iraqi forces” (Etheredge). The unavoidable horrors of war were not spared in this fight between the deep rivalry of the Persian people and neighboring Arabs. Young boys across impoverished areas of Iran were given a key and told,

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