PersepolisEssay - Rebel With a Cause Children are taught to...

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Rebel With a Cause Children are taught to obey their elders and not to challenge authority. Paradoxically, however, it is often the renegade who has been responsible for the upheaval of convention. Whether in classrooms, business meetings, or in governments, the rebel brings a unique point of view to the table. Author Marjane Satrapi explores the role of the rebel in her graphic novel, Persepolis . The book’s characters face numerous situations in which they must decide whether to risk their well-being for simple freedoms. Using small and great examples such as clothing and political ideals, Marjane Satrapi suggests that in order to be free one must act against laws and regulations that they do not believe in or that keep them from achieving happiness. In Persepolis , the law, religion, society, culture, and parental authority prevent characters from being completely free. Characters who are constrained by these factors stand by their beliefs and rebel despite the risks involved. First, the theme of the strict written law and religion excessively constricting the country is prevalent throughout the book. In the beginning, the law requiring all women to wear a veil is yet to be finalized by the Shah. Many women demonstrate their support for and against the veil during this critical period. Wearing the veil represents freedom to one group of women because they would not be scrutinized by men. This would give them peace of mind. Other women feel that the veil restricts them from expressing themselves.

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