Essay on Challenging Authority: Persepolis Marjane's Life

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The transition from high school to college can be a difficult experience, but also life changing. It is a time of independence, along with constant questioning. This transition is a coming of age story, just like the novel Persepolis, the story of Marjane’s childhood and growth. Both are about transitioning from a safe haven to an unknown, distant place. Marjane learns to question authority, and form her own opinions through her experiences during the Iranian Revolution. By the time she steps onto that plane to leave her parents behind in country faced with political unrest, she is an independent woman. A part of growing up is learning how to think for yourself in order to thrive in a new environment such as college. Although Marjane’s …show more content…
Skirt or black dress pants? And so on. There was no room for any individuality. Once in a while, we would have school spirit apparel days to give the students a break from the dreaded uniforms. However, sometimes those would even be taken away because the administration had seen too many girls out of uniform during the week. It had become such a weekly thing, that we started pushing the envelope with what we wore. If a spirit apparel day were taken away, most of the senior class would come dressed in spirit apparel anyways. Whether it was by adding different buttons to the cardigan or adding pins onto their sweaters, we found other ways to express it. Yes, sometimes it was nice not having to take thirty minutes out of the morning to figure out what to wear. But the students were always left with that lasting question of why are these strict rules required? Why were only white, black, and grey socks allowed but not blue? We start to learn that in order to begin thinking for ourselves, you need to challenge authority. Marjane had quite a similar experience in that she was forced to wear, in a sense, a uniform. In 1980, the children found themselves wearing a veil, taking away all sense of individualism. Marjane Satrapi illustrates this in one panel containing a school picture of Marjane and her classmates. Looking at it from far away you can see the loss of individualism because all of the girls are wearing this veil (3.1-3.2). Then as you move down to

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