anth 315 exam 2.docx - Google Docs.pdf - Andrew Lester 1A Persepolis 1 and 2 are stories of a girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and

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Andrew Lester 1A) Persepolis 1 and 2 are stories of a girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and moving between Iran and Europe in her adult years. The story is written in the form of a graphic novel. I feel that this style helps depict a sense of innocence that only a child could bring. One that despite desperately trying to does not understand the world and why people stile continue to fight. It was a very pleasant surprise to me to have a reading that didn’t speak like it was a class lecture, or just presenting some facts to me. It was a different experience and connected to me on more of an emotional and personal level. The first book focuses on how she doesn’t understand the world around her and how she sees the world affecting her but with no real context or full picture of why. B) The politics of this novel lead into many issues in personal narrative. Everything political happening in the world has a direct effect on the personal lives of Marjane and those close to her. The book emphasizes the idea of cultural diversity between the people and the government of all places she lives and the different eras. For example, she grew up in Iran in a westernized home, in a time of war and female oppression, then moving to Europe which has stocked store shelves and many female liberties that weren’t allowed in Iran through most of her life. She then moves back to Iran to find an Iran that she doesn’t recognize. The constantly shifting political climate that Marjane keeps finding herself in creates a culture shock effect changing how she sees a lot of the world. C) The first theme to come to mind would be the idea of gender that Marjane faces. She begins to realize that she as a woman she gets subjugated be seen as less valuable than she had hoped for growing up. She’s forced to wear a veil and to cover up whenever she goes outside in 1
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Iran. She also hears stories of the mistreatment of women who get raped and killed in prison. Then on the male side you have the boys growing up with the romanticized ideal of dying a martyr. She realizes the role gender plays in her life and that it heavily restricts how a life clan play out. All of these issues of gender in this book are deeply rooted in the second theme of religion. Throughout the first book, the country of Iran is in a constant conflict between religious values and religious practices. Many in Iran are saying that the compatibility between Islam and westernization are incompatible and thus it spawned conflict. Through her books Marjane could never feel that she was truly part of one side or the other. Whenever in Iran she felt the views and
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