Marjane's Family Reactions to Revolutions Essay

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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis is a book that tells the story of Marjane Satrapi and is entitled as the story of a childhood. The author of the book was born on the edge of the Caspian Sea in Iran and grew up in Tehran. During her stay in Tehran, Satrapi studied at the Lycee Francais and left for Vienna and later Strasbourg for studies in decorative arts. The book tells the story of her youth in Iran in the 1970s and 80s, especially with regards to life through the Islamic Revolution and the Iraqi war. In telling the story about Satrapi's childhood, the book explains the author's once outrageous and ordinary childhood, which is also characterized with extraordinary, unimaginable, and loving family. Notably, the story of Marjane Satrapi in Persepolis contains two major revolutions with different reactions. The first revolution is regarding the overthrows of the Shah while the second is the establishment of a radical Islamic regime. These revolutions provoked different reactions from Marjane's family based on their impact.

Revolutions in Persepolis:

As previously mentioned, Persepolis is the story of Marjane Satrapi's childhood or a memoir of her experiences when growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. The author basically tells the story of life when she was living in Tehran between ages six to fourteen. This period witnessed the overthrow of Shah's regime, the victory of the Islamic Revolution, and the distressing impacts of war with Iraq (Satrapi, n.d.). The author has presented her life's experiences through powerful black-and-white comic strip images in the book. The impacts of cultural change through a child's eyes are clearly presented by the author in the description of her personal experiences of Iran's Islamic Revolution during her childhood. This description also incorporates the various revolutions that took place during her childhood and their effects on her growth and development. The descriptions of these revolutions are the main reasons for the consideration of the book as a historical, political, and personal explanation of the growth of a child into maturity.

One of the major revolutions in the book is the overthrow of Shah's regime, which took place during tumultuous years of Islamic Revolution in Iran. Since she believed she will be the last prophet of God, Satrapi has conversations with God where she imagines that there will be social and cultural equality to the extent that old people will not suffer from pain (Satrapi, n.d.). On one occasion when she was having a conversation with God, she overheard her parents talking about a fire that was ordered by Shah at a local theatre resulting in the death of 400 people. Generally, Shah is a very harsh leader who considers himself in the same status as Cyrus the Great and other great rulers in Persia. As many people continue to die in the revolution that followed the fire incident, Shah leaves for the United States as his rule becomes impossible.

The second revolution…

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Satrapi, M. (n.d.). Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Summary. Retrieved June 26, 2014, from http://www.gradesaver.com/persepolis-the-story-of-a-childhood/study-guide/short-summary

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