The Depiction Of Iran In Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

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In 2000 an Iranian woman named Marjane Satrapi released her graphic novel Persepolis onto the world. Unlike previous graphical novels Persepolis gave readers an inside look at what growing up in Iran during the 1979 revolution was like. Most people in Western civilizations have come to perceive Iran in a negative fashion, mostly from media portrayal in our post 9/11 society. However, Satrapi being born and raised in Iran knows that the media’s version of Iran is in fact not the country she called home. Satrapi was born the year 1969 in Rasht, Iran not long after moving to Tehran, Iran where she spent her formidable years and her story takes place. In Persepolis, Satrapi’s goal was to show all people of the world what Iran is really like. Satrapi tells us the story of growing up in her middle-class family and how her childhood wasn’t exactly all that different from that of Western children. Many believe that Iran is full of radical fanatics and terrorists, and after hearing how the world has come to know the country, Marjane Satrapi knew something must be…show more content…
and feared by us as well. Prior to the Iranian revolution the United States government actually backed Iran and supported the Shah in trying to make the country more Westernized. Currently though there is very much distaste for Iran in this country and images have recently been shown on TV of Iranians chanting, “Death to America!” Now this is exactly why Satrapi was again propelled to write Persepolis. Most Americans believe that the whole country of Iran feels this way and Satrapi rebuts that notion with saying, “A country should not be judged based on the actions of only a few.” The sad truth is that only a small portion of the country supports this kind of extremist ideology, similar to how a small portion of the U.S. supports white supremacy. Should the U.S. be viewed as a racist intolerant country? No. Similarly Iran should not be viewed this way
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