The paper "Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi" is a wonderful example of an assignment on literature. Marji’ s parents decided to send their daughter away from the current Iran political turmoil as they realized that the situation will cause a negative impact on their daughter. Marji was a patriotic and determined young girl, and she has been aspiring to see justice prevail in her homeland but her ambition was susceptible to causing her problem. Marji’ s patriotic heart made her be perceived as a rebellious girl in school. One day, Marji confronted with one of the teachers after speaking the truth that led her into trouble with the school.
“ You say that we don’ t have political prisoners anymore, but we’ ve gone from 3000 prisoners under the Shah to 300000 under your regime” (Persepolis p. 144). After this incident Marji’ s parents felt that Iran was no longer a safe place for their daughter and because they valued education, they validated Marji to leave to Australia to enable her to learn without restriction. “ trust[s] your education” (Persepolis p. 147). The novel end in giving us a vibrant reason on why children eventually break ties with those who raise them and move to live their life.
Marji breaks from her family and from her Iran culture that raised her hence fashioning the identity that enables her to grow into her own self. “ Western” is used in Persepolis to reveal the existing stereotype that the western Hemisphere specifically Europe and the U. S. have toward Iran. The author in her book had tried to elucidate how westernized Iranian was; Marji did this with a strong ambition of convincing western people to stop stereotyping Iranian culture.
"Stereotypes of the Islamic Republic as oppressive and backward against the Western conviction over its own progressive liberalism" (Persepolis p. 224). Marji dresses in western-style jeans hence assisting the author to contrast the Eastern and Waster culture to help people to grasp how westernized Iranian culture is. “ I really didn’ t know what to think about the veil. Deep down I was very religious but as a family, we were very modern and avant-garde. ” (6). Marji was stuck between the two antagonistic worlds. One side Marji dressed in western-style cloth, and she felt content with, while on the other side she dresses in a veil which although she hates at one point she saw the veil as beautiful.
The author at the end of her book she drew a significant picture that there is a high possibility for bridging the predominant cultural difference between the Western and Eastern people.