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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Reading Response to "The complete Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi!


                                            I recently just finished reading the book Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi,I think that the book was definitely worth my time to read it. The book put a twist on history which I really liked, this book was like an animated auto-biography about a little girl named Marjane who grew up during the war in Iran. This was the war that started a revolution and forced women and children to wear hooded scarfs.
            The book was about Satarpis unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. This was a country that was plagued by political upheaval, their views were very limited and the only way that they could get their point across was by doing demonstrations. Millions of people were killed for either being a communist or for speaking out against the Shah.                     The Shah were the original people who claimed Iran and called it Iran and made it their own land. They didn't have a president like we do in Iran they had dictators so no one really had a say in anything that was done to the laws or what they would see politically in the news, at home, or on their own t.vs. Iran was rich which in turn made it "invite attacks" because of its oil.Oil was the reason for Iran's new found source of wealth and everybody wanted to get their hands on it. So new invasions started happening from the west, from Great Britain in particular. Great Britain wielded a strong influence on the Iranian Economy. They were bombed constantly.                                                               Marjane Satrapi grew up reading the political views that were "Forbidden" in a sense, her uncle Anoosh was a communist and he was executed along with millions of others for his political views. Her grandfather and her uncle stood up for what they beleived in. Eventually Marjane goes through an epic journey of discovering who she is and where she wants to be.                      She struggles with everyday life as we know it trying to fit in not being arrested and executed. She was forced to hide her true personality in her house in her room, her room seemed to me like it was the only place that she could be free. None the less she still spoke her mind when it came to class she was expelled once for insulting a Nun who had before hand insulted her and her religion.                                           I would reccomend this book to any and all who love to read animated tales, Auto-biographys, and a little bit of history mixed all together. I really did learn alot from this book, this book honestly has alot to teach and I still have alot to learn. This book is the kind of book that you never want to put down its that addicting [trust me] .

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