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Class Conflicts in Persepolis

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“Persepolis”, the graphic novel, written by Marjane Satrapi narrates the story of a young Iranian girl growing up in İran before and after the “Islamic Revolution”. Marjane explains rough conditions that Iranians faced under the reign of Reza Shah, Ayatollah Khomeini and she also tells the consequences that Iran-Iraq war had on the country and its citizens from a childs perpective. She discusses her ideas on social issues that existed during this time, yet one of the issues she wrote was the enlargement of the different social classes. Throughout the novel, Marji obtains a merciful wisdom as a result of growing up in a place that has class inequlities and seeing social and cultural transformation on society caused by the revolution and the war.

Under the Shah’s oppresive rule, the society was divided in distinct social classes that influenced the population negatively moreover inspired them to revolt against his rule. Marji saw the class differences between the people and she wanted it to be fair for all people. İn the chapter veil Marji tells that she wants to be a prophet because their made did not eat with them and because her father had a cadillac. While growing up Marji saw that her maid is not in the same social class with her and even though they were like sisters the social classes don’t allow them to eat together and Mehri was her maid since the age of 8. Furthermore she saw that most people was living in poverty while her father had an cadillac. She wanted to make everyone equal by becoming a prophet. Young Marji was in the middle of class conflict that causes her to grow up faster than the other kids as she struggles to understand these cultural issues. İn the chapter “the letter” Marjane wrote about her maid,Mehri, fa...

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...ring the war an interior discrimination had been made between social classes on refugees. When Mali’s family came tol ive wit Marji’s family, in the market two woman were talking about the lack of supplies becaause of the refugees and how the refugee women are prostituting themselves. Low class doesn’t like the rich class, especially if they are refugees and decreasing the amount of their supplies. They don’t like this condition so they tslk badly behind them.

İn conclusion in every new time period Iran’s social classes remained. The only thing that changed was the ruler and the countries condition apart from those there were allways social classes which we can see the examples from the book. Under the shah it mostly used by the help of political power. Under Khomeini and during the Iraq-Iran war it used by the help of religion since he was the religious leader.
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