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satrapi.rodriguez.2 - Public vs Private Life There are many...

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January 31, 2007 Public vs. Private Life There are many factors that cause a discrepancy between the private and public life of a family. 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 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. 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 when she attends a party at her cousin’s house (102). She rebels against the overbearing regime. Her desire to publicly protest is strengthen as she watches her parents leave for the demonstration; although she is too young to partake, she finds a way
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to express her dislike for the government (38). It is important for Satrapi to experience a party and a night of respite from the constant containment of individuality. As many youths normally do, Satrapi is experiencing a social life apart from her parents; unlike many youths, she is simultaneously escaping the pressure demanded of her by the regime.
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