Identity Changes In Persepolis By Marjane

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Changes in identity should only occur if a person is comfortable and ready for the change, an exception to this being if the person changes to survive. Change and identity go hand in hand with people. If people experience changes their identity changes. Next, the changes are not always physical, the brain grows as well. To go along with what has been previously mentioned, identity is something that an individual cultivates for himself or herself. In addition to that, what an individual learns and experiences help them find themselves. Also, some people are naturally in tune with themselves and they know themselves well. These people can change a lot and they know how to change because, they are constantly evaluating their influences, relationships, …show more content…
She begins to wear scarves and the government separates the boys from the girls in the school setting. Next, the scarves are worn for survival. “They insulted me. They said that women like me should be pushed up against a wall and fucked. And then thrown in the garbage…. And that if I didn’t want that to happen, I should wear the veil…” (Satrapi,74). If she had been wearing the veil nothing would have been said to her. Also, the way one dresses will go along with identity. “In no time, the way people dressed became an ideological sign” (Satrapi,75). Marjane provides images of the fundamentalist women and the modern women she also does the same for men. If women denounced western influences they were fully covered except for their face. Next, men would not wear western made clothing and they would stop shaving. “Islam is more or less against shaving” (Satrapi,75). In addition to that, changes in identity come from other people’s view of the person or what they think it takes to enter adulthood. Secondly, identity changes occur as a result of puberty, but these are permanent physical changes and they also influence how people remember you if you leave the country like Marjane did. “…I spotted my parent’s …One changes more between the ages of fourteen and eighteen than between thirty and forty” (Satrapi,246). Also, her father says, “… I didn’t recognize you” (Satrapi,246). After completing the physical stages of …show more content…
An exception to this is, changing when one’s life depends on it. With identity and change intertwined everyone is constantly changing; hopefully they improve. Next, Marjane is an excellent example of someone who learned how to change and what it took to change. Marjane’s grandmother helped her learn what kinds of changes were helpful, such as her getting a divorce, and guided her through the process. Second, her father was a key helper as well, but he was helping Marjane discover who she wanted to be and what she wanted to get out of life. Thirdly, her mother was key as well but unlike her grandmother and father, she did not impact her daughter’s life in that way, but when Marjane needed any kind of comfort she was there to calm and soothe her. All of them together raised a beautiful, intelligent woman. Additionally, changes occur when one’s life depends on it, puberty, also, what it takes to enter adulthood according to oneself and others around them. Next, due to traumatic experiences occurring during Marjane’s childhood, she had a difficult time going through puberty with the war going on. Second, a growth in one’s knowledge and geographical location create change as well. This is illustrated when Marjane completes high school in Austria. Also, another change can be observed when she returns from Austria and her father did not recognize her. Third, self – care and mental

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