Theme in Persepolis: Ideologies, Religion (Believes in God but does not…
Theme in Persepolis: Ideologies
Believes in God but does not agree with religion
Continues to believe in God despite her resistance towards the regime in Iran
"Each time that I asked my mother to pray for me, my wish was granted." (Sartrapi, 223)
As a child, Marjane aspires to one day become a prophet
Many characters question religion throughout the novel
"All my life, I've been faithful to the religion. If it's come to this... Well, I can't believe in anything anymore..." (Satrapi, 99)
the author establishes a difference between religion and its expectations and God.
Marjane is largely involved with this theme of religion. She is against the islamic regime in Iran and demonstrates opposition through small gestures like showing hair or going to parties. However, she believes in God and continues to have faith in him despite the conditions of her country.
The empowerment of the islamic government is what leads many characters to question religion. Due to the strict rules and severe punishments many people neglect the religion imposed by the state.
Becomes enlightened about the revolution and continues reading books about Marx and other thinkers
Resist against the Iranian regime
In Persepolis, the author explains politics through personal experience, and history becomes a record of memories
Persepolis is a both a memoir of Marjane Satrapi’s early life, and a history book of the political, social, and cultural upheavals of Iran since the late 1970s.
Experience of a woman coming-of-age in Iran, at a time when what it meant to be a woman in Iran changed dramatically
"To enlighten me they bought books. I knew everything about the children of Palestine. About Fidel Castro. About the young Vietnamese killed by the Americans. About the revolutionaries of my country..." (Satrapi, 12)
Protests with her parents
Together with her family participates in illicit parties and drink alcohol which was also banned
Has Western clothes, music and posters which is an act of rebellion
"So I went with them. I passed out flyers... Guns may shoot and knives may carve, but we won't wear your silly scarves! (Satrapi, 76)