This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Persepolis: Kim Wilde Essay

631 words - 3 pages

In Marjane Satrapi’s memoire Persepolis, the chapter “Kim Wilde” suggest that people perform small acts of rebellion in order to express their desire for freedom from Iran’s oppressive regime. Marjane lives in a country whose regime seeks to ban Western cultural influence, however, Marjane continues to engage in Western clothing, music and lifestyles even though she is becoming more aware of the severe consequences that she may face upon doing so.
In “Kim Wilde”, Marjane’s parents visit Turkey because the borders have opened to travel. There is irony in the way that passport pictures are taken. Women have to wear their headscarves in the picture, however, passports are supposed to identify individuals. Instead Taji’s passport picture was “unrecognizable” (126) to Marjane upon seeing it for the first time. As well, Marjane points out her mother’s angry expression which can be due to Taji’s anger towards the regime and their ...view middle of the document...

After receiving her presents, Marjane is quick to thank her father for sneaking the poster in the inside of his jacket even though it was her mother’s idea initially. This event shows that Marjane is closer to her father and believes he understands her better in regards to her interest in Western culture. Marjane is quite fickle in this chapter because she changes her mind about Turkey from disappointment to love almost instantaneously after receiving all her presents.
Marjane wears her new clothes in addition to her traditional headscarf, places her posters up in her room, and ventures to the black market where she purchases tapes by Kim Wilde and Camel. On her way home, Marjane encounters two women that are guardians of the revolution. Together, the guardians harass Marjane and call her a “little whore” (133) because of the length of her headscarf and the Western clothes she wears on top of her traditional dress. The combination of Western clothes with Iranian religious clothes shows Marjane’s expression of freedom with an underlying sense of fear of the regime. Although Marjane is growing into Western culture, she is not completely assimilated which is shown in her choice of clothing and lack of confidence she possesses when she encounters the guardians of the revolution.
Marjane makes it back home without being captured due to the excuses she makes. Although Marjane was somewhat emotionally damaged, or pretending to be, she goes to her room and continues to sing along to “Kids of America” by Kim Wilde. This last frame in the chapter shows her unfaltering decision to stand against Iranian’s social expectations that the government imposes and continual rebellion despite the risks involved.
Marjane and her family all show acts of opposition to the regime, however the choices made by each individual of the Satrapi family differ. In the chapter “Kim Wilde”, Marjane shows her rebellion more boldly with clothes and lifestyle choices, whereas her parents are more subtle and sneaky about their expressions of freedom. However, together, the Satrapi family support each others’ efforts to become independent people from the oppressive Iranian regime.

Find Another Essay On Persepolis: Kim Wilde

Revolutionary Work of Art Essay

1890 words - 8 pages Walter Benjamin emphasizes in his essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility” that technology used to make an artwork has changed the way it was received, and its “aura”. Aura represents the originality and authenticity of a work of art that has not been reproduced. The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican is an example of a work that has been and truly a beacon of art. It has brought a benefit and enlightenment to the art

Enlightenment Thought in New Zealand Schools

1594 words - 6 pages In this essay I will be looking at how the political and intellectual ideas of the enlightenment have shaped New Zealand Education. I will also be discussing the perennial tension of local control versus central control of education, and how this has been affected by the political and intellectual ideas of the enlightenment. The enlightenment was an intellectual movement, which beginnings of were marked by the Glorious Revolution in Britain

Psychological Egoism Theory

2240 words - 9 pages The theory of psychological egoism is indeed plausible. The meaning of plausible in the context of this paper refers to the validity or the conceivability of the theory in question, to explain the nature and motivation of human behavior (Hinman, 2007). Human actions are motivated by the satisfaction obtained after completing a task that they are involved in. For example, Mother Teresa was satisfied by her benevolent actions and

How Celtic Folkore has Influenced My Family

1587 words - 6 pages Every family has a unique background that influences the way they live and interact with other people. My parents, who emigrated from Ireland to the States with my three brothers in 1989, brought over their own Celtic folklore and traditions that have helped shaped the way our family operates and lives. One aspect of folklore that has helped shape my family dynamic is the Celtic cross—both its background and what role it has played in our lives

Julia Margaret Cameron

1406 words - 6 pages At a time when women were looked upon as being homemakers, wives, mothers and such the late 1850's presented a change in pace for one woman in specific. Photography was discovered in 1826 and soon after the phenomenon of photography was being experimented with and in turn brought new and different ways of photo taking not only as documenting real time, but also conceptualizing a scene in which an image would be taken. Julia Margaret Cameron will

Evaluation of School Improvement

1403 words - 6 pages The evaluation process should be progressive to incorporate overall planning, implement changes, which contribute to success. In order to focus on school climate and norms, the evaluation design must include the students, instructions, and outcomes to improve communication and building-level concerns to be address in this response. School Climate and Social Norms The school principal, other staff leaders, and personnel set the tone and the

Case Study: The Benefits of Animal Testing

1757 words - 7 pages Nine year old Amy has already had a rough start in life. She was born with an abnormal heart that hinders her everyday activities. Amy is unable to keep up with kids her own age because she often tires out easily. As a consequence, she has very little friends and is often alone. Amy is forced to take different medications everyday just to survive. Amy’s life consists of medicine, doctors, and constant hospital visits. However, Amy is due for a

Myth and Magic: Realism in "One Hundred Years of Solitude"

1531 words - 6 pages “He enjoyed his grandmother's unique way of telling stories. No matter how fantastic or improbable her statements, she always delivered them as if they were the irrefutable truth” (Wikipedia, 2011). Experiences are particular instances of one personally encountering or undergoing something and in these moments of time life changes for the best or the worst and memories are formed. These recollections such as riding your first bicycle, going to

Adiponectin: a Novel Indicator of Malnutrition and Inflammation in Hemodialysis Patients

2384 words - 10 pages example of reverse epidemiology. Expert Opin Ther Targets2009 Feb;13(2):163-73. 6. Lee YJ, Cho S, Kim SR. The association between serum adiponectin levels and nutritional status of hemodialysis patients. Ren Fail2011;33(5):506-11. 7. Malgorzewicz S, Aleksandrowicz-Wrona E, Owczarzak A, Debska-Slizien A, Rutkowski B, Lysiak-Szydlowska W. Adipokines and nutritional status for patients on maintenance hemodialysis. J Ren Nutr2010 Sep;20(5):303-8

The Congo Free State: A Legacy of Apathy, Exploitation and Brutality

2298 words - 9 pages Between 1885 and 1908, Belgium’s Leopold II ruled Congo, a region in central Africa, as his personal colony, exploiting the resources and inhabitants for his own gain. Leopold allowed and encouraged Europeans and other Westerners to enter Congo and set up companies whose primary purpose was to gather rubber, which was abundant but difficult to get to in the Congo, using the Congolese as the laborers for the Europeans. Rubber gathering in Congo

Selective Exposition in The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

1073 words - 4 pages Usually when someone hears the word “lottery” the first thing that comes to mind is a large sum of cash that people compete against highly impractical odds to win. Shirley Jackson’s story The Lottery might imply a similar conception based on the title alone, but the story is filled with unknowns never revealing exactly when and where the story takes place, or why the lottery exists; even what the lottery is isn’t revealed until the very end. Yet

Similar Essays

Finding Identity Essay

1033 words - 5 pages freedom. In addition, she is conflicted because her family teaches her to go against the traditional ways of society while the veil contrasts this. However, instead of looking for her identity like Nyasha, Marji is trying to let her individuality shine through in the religious regime that opposes all forms of self expression. She does this by looking to Western culture, specifically taking interest in the Iron Maiden and Kim Wilde which can be

Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis Essay

1493 words - 6 pages government’s fault and pin the “fundamentalism, fanaticism, and terrorism” (Satrapi ii), on the government instead of the people. In addition to the innocence, Satrapi also utilizes the stereotype of teenagers, which in the case of this argument are still considered children, catching on to fads. For instance, Marjane Satrapi asks her parents to bring her back “A denim jacket, chocolate [and] two posters. One of Kim Wilde and one of Iron Maiden” (Satrapi

When The Bubble Burst Essay

1539 words - 6 pages By the time I arrived state side from my second tour in the Middle East the housing bubble had already burst. I noticed a drastic change in the way that many of my friends and family were living. Several of my friends that worked in real estate had sold their boats and seconds houses. My own stock portfolio had lost a third of its value. My sister and her husband had defaulted on their home mortgage leaving them scrambling for a place to live. I

Phase Diagram Essay

4456 words - 18 pages Introduction: Chemical equilibrium is a crucial topic in Chemistry. To represent and model equilibrium, the thermodynamic concept of Free energy is usually used. For a multi-component system the Gibbs free energy is a function of Pressure, Temperature and quantity (mass, moles) of each component. If one of these parameters is changed, a state change to a more energetically favorable state will occur. This state has the lowest free energy