Marjane Satrapi’s Challenging Of Stereotypes In Persepolis

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Marjane Satrapi’s Challenging of Stereotypes in Persepolis
In Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis, Satrapi states that her goal in writing the book was to dispel many of the hasty generalizations made by the Western world about Iran, a principal sentiment being that the country is little more than a nation founded by fundamentalists and home to terrorists and extremists. To combat the misconception, Satrapi enlists the assistance of examples from her adolescence of barriers and dissent towards the new conservative regime in Iran. By employing events from her childhood in Iran, Satrapi rattles the foundation of the myths and false beliefs assumed by the occident. Satrapi writes that ...view middle of the document...

Yet again in using her family as an example Satrapi aims to extend the dissent shown by her family to a larger populace, the majority of Iran. Most would agree that the extension of data from a small sample size to a larger population is something that is often done in scientific experimentation and studies, and is therefore a relevant method of argument.
However, some may argue that the extent to which Satrapi can challenge conventional beliefs about Iran is limited by her perspective. Satrapi writes from the first-person point-of-view and that of a child’s nonetheless. Those same people might argue that when Satrapi is challenging generalizations by using personal examples, she is manipulating facts, confusing them with opinion, and asserting her bias in a persuasive manner. Historical writing of this kind is often discarded for more specific and omniscient information. However, Satrapi never hides from her bias and desire to introduce the West to her version of Iran. In a persuasive writing, a bias is implied, and one can choose which examples to include and which to omit to best support their argument, this essay is an example of this. Also she may be employing a persuasive tone, but the extent to which she accomplishes her goal is not altered by such beliefs.
That is not to say that there are not factors limiting Satrapi’s success in debunking these stereotypes. When a writer only includes personal examples, there are very few sources that can confirm them leading to a quandary of reliability. Also, when Satrapi talks about her own conflict with a God ideal, it may throw readers off the point of the novel. Symbolism is only as successful as the quality of the symbols, and the God image eludes the aim of the novel. Additionally, when Satrapi talks about her personal involvement with the riots against the Shah it may lead the very same type of people who would assume the hasty generalizations that she herself is also a zealot. Despite these limiting factors, Satrapi is for the most part, effective in arguing her point and challenging the stereotypes many westerners put on Iran and the Middle-East in general.
Early on in Persepolis, Satrapi voices her classmates’ malaise towards wearing the newly required veil. On page 3 Satrapi says, “[her classmates] didn’t like the veil… [they] didn’t understand why [they] had to wear it” (Satrapi 3). The children were unaware of the religious and cultural aspects of the veil. In alluding to this Satrapi is asking the reader in what context is it just to judge children for participating in a culture they had a limited understanding of. Satrapi also made it known that her and her mother were not foreign to forms of fundamentalist acts against women. Satrapi describes...

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