Use Of Symbolism And Gripping Narration Through The Eyes Of Young Marjane

1038 Words Sep 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Persepolis by noted graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi explores the topic of Iran 's politics . Infamous for its use of symbolism and gripping narration through the eyes of young Marjane. The reader sees Iran in a new light free of the Western centric bias. The argument that Satrapi makes through Persepolis is that the Political Regime affects Iranian citizens in many ways. The Islamic Regime impacts the citizens religion, the general population, and lastly their education.

Firstly ,the citizens religious practices were impacted greatly. Before the revolution Iran was fairly moderate under the Shah 's rule. Once the Islamic Regime usurped power they began enforcing Islam. Marjane addresses this by stating, "Let 's be fair. If women faced prison when they refused to wear the veil, it was also forbidden for men to wear neckties (that dreaded symbol of the west). And if women 's hair got men excited, the same could be said of men 's bare arms and so, wearing short-sleeved shirt was also forbidden" (Satrapi 75). Before the revolution Iranian women were liberated; they protested, could get an education, and had their own jobs. Afterward, Iranian women could either wear the veil or face severe punishment. The Regime believes that there is something inherently sexual about hair and arms so they must be covered. The true intention of the hijab is supposed to reject the notion that women are only their bodies. With the veil being enforced it defeats the purpose,…

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