Persepolis final

Persepolis final - Eduardo Barajas SID 20613036 The...

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Eduardo Barajas, SID# 20613036 The Beginning, No End The Iranian revolution, better known as the Islamic Revolution caused Iran to transform from a monarchy to an Islamic republic under a new leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini . Marjane Satrapi, born into a family that was involved with the communist and socialist movement during the revolution witnessed the hardships caused by the oppression of the Iranian revolution and Iranian politics. In reading her autobiographical graphic novel, Persepolis, the last two pages of the chapter THE SHEEP (pages 70 and 71), Satrapi incorporates the themes of family, religion, and self-identity to connect herself with the war and the effects that it had on her. Through her uses of the family, religion, and self-identity, the younger generations become directly connected to the war and become almost obligated to become involved, thus continuing the war. In page 70, the first frame is centered on a newspaper with a picture of Marjane’s uncle, Anoosh with the headline “RUSSIAN SPY EXECUTED” next to the picture. With Anoosh executed as a Russian spy, Marjane and her family are directly connected with the communist party and are given more of a reason to protest. Communists, better known as Marxists, were considered illegal in the monarchy of Iran and were punished severely for their affiliation with communism. Two bread doves lay on the sides of the article. Since the bread doves were a present that Anoosh gave to Marjane, the frame shows that Marjane is the person mourning over the newspaper of her uncle although she is not in the frame. This first frame connects Marjane with the war through the theme of family. She now has a member of her family dead because of the war. This affects Marjane’s thought on the demonstrators and the war because she always admired martyrs. Now that one of her family members has been killed by the revolution, her thoughts on martyrs becomes blurred. She knows that their deaths are meaningful but she
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realized how those deaths affect the families of the martyrs. Although this causes Marjane to second-guess the revolution, she is more connected to the revolution than before. Through her
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