The Picturesque Diary Of Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi

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Persepolis is the picturesque diary of Marjane Satrapi, author of this book highlighting the details in the life of an Iranian. In the beginning of her story, a revolution is happening as the Iranians overthrow the emperor, however a war breaks out between Iraq and Iran following these events. In Iran, social differences between men, women and children appear to be affected by a war that was going on during Marji’s childhood. During this time, many people died so her parents force her to leave Iran due to fears that it will be a danger to her safety living in the midst of a war. Marji experiences social differences between men, women and even children that emphasize differences in social class through religion, income, and gender. The class …show more content…
However, with the progression of the Revolution, war was invading her thoughts. For example when her uncle Anoosh was murdered in cold blood, she lost all faith in God because she lost someone who she loved, which lead to her losing all faith in religion; Marji yells to the top of her lungs, ‘’Get out of my life, I never want to see you again!’’ (Satrapi 70.) It is odd that Marji is saying she was born with religion because her family does not really practice religion, meaning her home is not a religious environment. Besides the occasional spiel, God’s lack of helpful dialogue in her life indicates that He has no real effect on the events taking place in her country, and becomes useless for Marji. All he has to tell her is that ‘’tomorrow the weather is going to be nice.’’ (Satrapi 13) As she transitions from being an aspiring prophet into becoming a rebelling revolutionist, God frustrates Marji throughout the story like when her uncle Taher is on his death bed and must see a doctor in another country in order to have a shot at life, but is denied authorization to leave Iran by the window washing hospital director. ‘’if God wills it, he’ll get better. Everything depends on God’’ (Satrapi 121). Due to propaganda caused by war, lower class underage boys were sent to war and promised to go to heaven if they had a golden key that had to be given to them. “They gave this to my son at school. …show more content…
Marji was born into the wealth of her parents, when many people in Iran were not that wealthy, in fact the majority were from the lower class. Marji’s first encounter with social differences was in the chapter “The Letter”, when she read a book from Ali A. Darvishian on lower class children slaving it out in order to get by. This book made Marji aware of what social class she was part of and feels bad about it because she does not think it is fair. For example, Mehri, Marji’s maid was adopted as a child worker so she was uneducated, hence did not know how to read and write. The mixture of emotions and illiteracy forced Mehri to ask Marji to write a letter on her behalf to give to their neighbor, Hossein. When Marji’s dad heard about this, he went to go talk with Hossein telling him she was their maid. The difference in social class caused Hossein to cut her off. Marji did not believe in differences between social classes according to this quote, “But is it her fault she was born where she was born?” (Satrapi 37) Marji thought they were equal because they were grew up together and she thought it didn’t matter where you came from, but she begins to realize that it is a harsh reality. ‘’…We were not in the same social class but at least we were in the same bed. (Satrapi 37) Her father, who for the most part is an advocate for equality states that

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