satrapi.rodriguez comparison

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The graphic novel medium of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Persepolis 2 delineates the difference between her private and public life in revolutionary Iran. Richard Rodriguez’s Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood also talks about the disparity between the public view and an individual’s personal life. Although the lives of Richard Rodriguez and Marjane Satrapi differ drastically, one similarity is the acute discongruity between public and private life. Marjane Satrapi grows up in a time of civil unrest and revolution. Personal privileges are revoked and replaced with the demands of the regime. Private life and public life diverge for those who disagree with the new government. This new inflicted tyranny limits public expression and drives citizens to privately rebel. Due to this time of war, it is often difficult for people to portray their true feelings when almost everything is illegal. In her novels, Marjane Satrapi to defines the sharp difference between what happens in the public eye and what goes on behind closed doors. Freedom of expression, movement, and creativity are restricted when the government forces the female population to don a chador, wide trousers and blouses, and a maghnaeh, a veil, when venturing outdoors. The new rules require Satrapi to find a new and more creative way to express her individuality. Oppression and overbearing regulations forces Satrapi to rebel in the confines of her sheltered home. The way Satrapi wears her clothes differentiates her from the crowd. When the right to choose what one wants to wear is revoked, the population becomes colorless, nondescript. As a child in Persepolis , Satrapi sheds the traditional wear in exchange for a punk outfit with a shirt full of holes and a necklace made of nails (102). Her young personal life varies greatly from the public image that her neighbors perceive.
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In Persepolis , Satrapi finds it difficult to take self-flagellation seriously (95-97). In school, students are required to pound on their hearts and suffer as the martyrs in the
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