The Veil Unveiled

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In the book, Persepolis part 1, Marjane, the author of the book and little girl in the section of the book, talks about what it was like growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.  She takes the reader back as she relives what it was like during the era of the veil.  She mentions that there were people that did not want to wear the veil and how there were demonstrations that involved people that were for and against the wearing of the veil.  She also mentioned beforehand that in 1980, the wearing of the veil became a requirement at her school.  Marjane talked about how at her school the students did not want to wear the veil because they did not understand its purpose.  She mentioned that she did not know what to think about the veil.  This was evident because she mainly talked about what was happening around her during the time of the veil.  She didnt really give her own opinion on the matter. 

I feel that Marjane uncovered some history behind the wearing of the veil in Iran for many people, including myself.  I had no idea as to why the veil was worn in that part of the world.  Most people assume that everyone who wears a veil, does so for religious reasons, which is probably the case in today’s society.  She made it clear that it was the result of the Cultural Revolution.  She also uncovered some things that many people would like to know.  For instance, i always knew that there had to be people that were opposed to wearing the veil, as well as many other cultural things.  And how there must have been some sort of conflict during this era regarding the changes.  I found this section of the book very interesting because i felt as if the author was very transparent and unafraid to let the readers know and get a glimpse of life during the Revolution during the time of the veil. 

Comics as Novels?

When I would think about comics, the first thing that comes to my mind is that comics are about heroes and bad guys and made up fantasy characters, something along with Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Manga. The second thought about comics is about humor and cartoons, something along the lines of comic strips that you can find in newspaper and some comic books like Archie. It was easy to think of comics as such because of the mass influence and production Marvel Comics and DC Comics have. Very recently I discovered that there is much more to comics than action and fantasy: there is truth, anecdotes and great stories.

From someone who has never read a comic before, I must say that when reading Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi I was very impresses on how comic about a little girl (author) growing up in Iran could be so interesting. The first part, or book one, is about how she learned many things about society including norms, politics, and social classes. Satrapi’s childhood was very interesting and the book shows how she had to accept the norms set by her government and society. She was forced to wear a veil at school. teachers and other people could hurt her or more if she or other girls and women didn’t wear it. She learned about the separation of social classes. Her maid and a neighbor were having secret romance. When her maid was caught with the romance Satrapi was told that it was impossible for them to have a relationship “because in [Iran] [people] must stay within [their] own social class (37). She was so young to accept that norm but yet she was forced to accept because that was the society she was part of.

There are other great anecdotes and lesson and historic events the author had to learn and live through that makes the comic book very similar to a novel. When reading the book it felt as if I was reading a novel and not a book. The book has open my mind and to look at comics as more than action and superheroes and collecting every issue of a series. Now I know comics are more than just issues to read and collect. They could be great novels.

The persepolis

The Persepolis is a very interesting comic to read because it tells the story of a little girl and how she grows up.  The book starts off with Marjane Satrapi as ten years old saying she is not very popular and everyone else is much better than her in every way, as well as no one cares for her.  She believed that she was born in religion, and that religion was the answer to everything and God did everything for a reason.  She wanted to become a prophet when she grew up.  She told her teacher this and the teacher was concerned that she wanted to be prophet and she approached her parents.  After the teacher told her parents this, they saw nothing wrong with this.  It continues with Marjane’s story of what happened in her life and how she grew up with her parents, family, and school.  Everything does happen for a reason as she would put it.

Marjane tells her story of her being a kid in very interesting detail because she remembers everything that has happened to her as a child.  She tells everything from having positive thoughts to having really strong feeling of sadness, which happened a lot from what she wrote in the comic, from towards her family.  She believed that she if you were fourteen years old that that you are fully matured and you did not need your parents to support you anymore.  She has accurate details of what happen during the war, just like when they were being bombed and they had to hide in their shelter, created from their basement, to be protected from the bombing.  She did  a lot of illegal things because she did not care what would happen and apparently nothing scared her anymore after what she experienced.  Finally, there was a heart-warming ending to the first part of the book.

Art and Literature Combined

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My initial reaction to the comic book was, “Comics are for kids and superheroes, not adults”!  However, I later discovered that comics have contemporized literature by offering a more vivid, edgy format for an author to tell a story by entwining art and literature in a two or three-dimensional form.  The comic book has proven to be successful when reaching several adult readers when the subject is controversial, because it provides an authorial perspective to be visual.  This comical view is livelier when an author writes about the controversial political issues, personal tragedies, and many other cultural dramas.  The serious matter presented creatively through art and words appears to have opened an arena for an author to be open while reflecting their own perspectives freely.  This newfound freedom has further provided an authorial voice to release their thoughts that derives from very dark experience utilizing the combination of art and words either in first or even third person.  Other readers with similar life experiences such as suicide, abuse, cancer, and so forth, can reflect upon the experience in lighter form of literature and this has proving to be healing.

There are three ways we learn visual, auditory, and kinesics.  Therefore, another advantage to the comic books is the authorial voice having the graphical capability to tell a story in history, or politics that is creative in form that would be typically boring. Teachers are finding comic books are a successive tool to use when teaching a student that is visual learners, that before struggled in school.  The comic book is able to be captivate a student so that they can flourish in learning, because the graphical narrative forms.

Comic books have changed the way authors are able to reach their audience, a new and exciting era that is a booming business in the literal world.