Essay about Role of Women in the Book Persepolis

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Role of Women in Persepolis
In the book, “The Complete Persepolis” written by Marjane Satrapi every woman had a prescribed role. The role of Marji’s maid was to show that social class differences do exist and to show what happens within these social class differences. Marji’s mother’s role was to support Marji and make sure that she was well off, while her grandmother’s role was also to support her and give her words of wisdom. Her school teachers’ role was to make sure that the female children, attending the school, wore their veils, while the guardians of the revolution’s role were to arrest females that were improperly veiled. The younger Marji’s role was to show us how the Iranian Revolution/ the mandatory wearing of the veil affected
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. . Makeup of any kind is not allowed [and] [i]n private, women dress as they please. . . (“Culture of Iran.” everyculture.com. Countries and Their Cultures, n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2011)
It liberates. It represses. It is a prayer. It is a prison. It protects. It obliterates. Rarely in human history has a piece of cloth been assigned so many roles. Been embroiled in so much controversy. Been so misjudged, misunderstood, and manipulated.This bit, or in some cases bolt, of fabric is the Islamic veil. (Caryle Murphy, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Dec. 2009. Web. 27 Oct. 2011) The veil could represent repression, religious fundamentalism, or an adherence to the law of Islam, among many other things. It also protects.
In conclusion “Persepolis” is written “behind the veil” to show that the faith of the person is more important than whether they are wearing a veil or not. So therefore it seeks to challenge, not only the justification of these gendered prescriptions, but also their effectiveness.

Works Cited
“Culture of Iran.” everyculture.com. Countries and Their Cultures, n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2011
Caryle Murphy, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Dec. 2009. Web. 27 Oct. 2011
Farhad Kazemi, Iran Chamber Society, 2000. Web. 27 Oct.

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