Persepolis Spring Break

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Spring Break Essay- Persepolis Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis, is a story based on her own childhood in Iran. The story consists of the struggles her family and friends are forced to deal with, changing Marji’s view of Iranian life and its people. The book starts during a revolution, the Iranian people are trying to overthrow the emperor and when they finally do, war breaks out between Iraq and Iran. During the war thousands of people’s lives were taken, women, children and men of all ages. During this Marji’s parents forced her to leave Iran because they know it is too dangerous for a child of her age to live in the middle of a war so severe and life threatening. During the time Marji did live in Iran, she heard many tales about the umpteen conflicts and struggles that lower class people were faced with. Marji saw her maid whom she loved and cared for, not being able to date her love, their neighbor, because she was embedded in a different social class. She experienced the harsh realities of divergence between men and women. Women were compelled to wear a veil in order to not “distract” men with their hair. Younger boys in the lower end of the class system were given a “golden” key to take to war, which was actually plastic; this key meant that if they were killed fighting for what they believed in, it would guarantee their entrance to heaven. In Iran, there were a variety of ways in which the people of Iran can be distinguished between social classes. Your social class affected you in every way there was during this horrible time in Iran. For example, Mehri, Marji’s maid, was given to them when she was just eight years old because Mehri’s parents couldn’t care for her anymore. She didn’t know how to read or w... ... middle of paper ... ...nearly as much as the middle and upper class. Marji believed that underage lower class boys shouldn’t be sent to serve in the war, that it is immoral and that they are as equal as any other young boy. Social class in Iran was extremely important because it separated everyone in to different groups. Depending on what group you are in you are seen and treated different from everyone else. Marji’s maid was born into a lower class family and was treated like the lower class people even though since the age of eight she had grown up with a middle class family. Even children in the lower class had to face conflicts everyday, such as how they were going to support their family all by themselves. All women in Iran were treated equally where the veil was concerned. Iranian fundamentalist men would threaten and physically harm any women they saw who wasn’t wearing the veil.

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