Rebels with a cause

Persepolis is an autobiography charting Marjane Satrapi’s coming of age during the Iranian Revolution and birth of the new Islamic regime. Throughout Persepolis, Satrapi follows her grandmother’s footsteps by embodying the spirit of a rebel, and taking a daring stand as an advocate for freedom. She welcomes any challenge and always speaks her mind as opposed to what others want to hear.

A few of my friends are Persian-Bahais. In 1980, around the same time Persepolis took place, 9 members of the National Spirtitual Assembly of Bahais were taken hostage by the regime. To this day, there whereabouts are unknown and they are believed to be dead. This event allowed further persecution of Bahais in an attempt to stunt the growth of the Bahai Faith. My friend Payam told me that the regime uses Bahais as a scapegoat for the troubles brought to the country by making them “enemies of the state.” Despite this state-sponsored persecution, Bahais have remained resilient. Currently they are one of the fastest growing religions in the world. This growth is just one more example of their resilience and the strength of the Iranian people as a whole.

Satrapi, like the Bahais, learned firsthand the harsh realities of pre and post revolutionary Iran. Irrespective of the institution of Islamic fundamentalism, Satrapi was able to find in herself the strength that would see her through. Satrapi and the Bahais share(d) two common denominators: oppressed and resilient. They are rebels with a cause.

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2 thoughts on “Rebels with a cause

  1. GREAT BLOG! The title and the picture are what initally sparked my intrest. The point that you made with the support of substance, kept me hooked until the end.The inclusion of the personal story made your claim strong and represented the realitly of what was going on in Iran. Persepolis is a graphi narrative, but the use of drawings, in a way downplays the seriousness of the issue at hand. The story is more than just a “comic book,” it a biography of a girl experiencing the hardships of Iran during a time of such darkness. The Persian people were not just fighing the government, they were fighting for their lives. The concept of “fighting for our lives,” is something that as citizens of a “free” world, we are unable to relate to. The parallel to how rebellion often constitutes from a need for free is very prevalent to both Persepolis and you blog.

  2. Hey great blog! I really enjoyed reading your story about the Bahai. I wasn’t sure at the beginning what the story had to do with Persepolis, but I thought you did a really goo job tying it back to Marjane and her story. I also agree with njerimwaniki. The idea of having to fight for our freedom on a daily basis is something we as a society can’t truly comprehend. I am very thankful that we live in this country and have the freedoms that we do. Overall, I really liked your blog and appreciated the story you incorporated.

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