The Iran Revolution: Growing Up During The Iranian Revolution

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The Iranian Revolution took place in 1979. Reza Shah had plans to modernize and westernize Iran, but while this was taking place, oil was discovered in Iran. The Iranian revolution was the overthrowing of the Pahlavi dynasty, the ruling house in Iran, which was a monarchy. This was led by Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. He was supported by the United states. One of the leaders of the revolution was Ayatollah Khomeini, who was an Iranian religious scholar. He did not believe in equality for women in Iran. In 1980, Iraq and Iran went to war against each other. This essay argues how much of a struggle it was for young females to grow up during the Iranian Revolution and war. Many changes happened during the Iranian Revolution. In Iran it was prohibited …show more content…
Marjane Satrapi’s parents did not believe that the king was chosen by God. When the Shah left Iran, all the schools told the children to tear the pictures of Shah out of the books. This was confusing for the girls because they had been preached to for so long. Daily children’s family members, were taken to prison. In prison they would be tortured. The people in prison could be executed. As a child during the time of the Iranian revolution, many family friends were found dead. Marjjane’s mother and many others had started to be violated during this time also. One night, Marjane and her father went to pick Marji’s mother up when her car had broken down. In Persepolis, Ebi, marji’s mother, ran to the car saying “Two guys two bearded guys! Two fundamentalist bastards, the bastards, insulted me. They said women like me should be pushed up against a wall and fucked. And then thrown in the garbage.” This was the start of women being treated with no respect, because soon after they were talked to with no respect at all. During this time, there were two kinds of women, fundamentalist and modern women. Benazir Bhutto, explains that women should be treated equally to men. During the Iranian Revolution women were not treated equally to men which was one of the results of men not having respect for women. Fundamentalist women dressed in …show more content…
Some of the ones who moved back wanted to live with their families. Even though the war and the Iranian revolution was over there was still very little freedom. Iran was still strict compared to other countries like Austria. In Austria, Marjane had participated in sexual activity, but that is frowned upon strongly in Iran. When she told her friends they immediately judged her and called her a whore. Also in Austria, it was legal to live with someone of the opposite sex before marriage. Marjane attempted to do that in Iran and they would not allow it. Therefore, she had to get married. Come to find out she did not enjoy being married and living with him so she wanted a divorce. Her parents were fine with that because they wanted their daughter to have independence in her life. Since Marji and her husband, Reza were smart, they were given a project to work on. The project was a theme park based on mythological hero’s. When Marjane attempted to take the project to the city hall to be approved they would not let her in because she did not have a hooded head scarf, and had makeup on. So the third day she finally was allowed in. The Mayor’s Deputy did not approve the project because the women were unveiled and were wearing clothing that showed their shape. This shows that even though the revolution is over women still do not have freedom over their appearance. Benazir Bhutto states that the Quran

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