This by Marjane Satrapi gives a detailed exploration of

This written task will explore the reception of Persepolis by two different readers: Reader A, a present day feminist woman versus Reader B, a fanatic man during the 1970’s.The difference in reception of Persepolis through a feminist lens by readers in the present day versus the views of a 1970’s anarchist. This will incorporate views on women’s rights, terrorism and the revolution.Explore the stereotypes depicted in Persepolis and how the readers in the 1970’s and 2018 will interpret it differently.How readers in 1970’s and readers in the present day would view the social behaviors as described in Persepolis. This will include the usage of drugs and sex in “western culture.”Written Task:Different readers interpret different literary works differently. This discrepancy of interpretation is a recurrent phenomenon in literature, no two readers interpret the same piece of work alike. Interpretation is influenced by the context in which the reader reads the piece of literature. The interpretation of a text is greatly influenced by the social, political and economic context of readers in different time periods. The surroundings in which a reader is reading the text can also affect their reception to a significant extent. ‘Persepolis’ by Marjane Satrapi gives a detailed exploration of neo-colonization and white supremacy, the conflation of modernism with westernism, and people in countries with a largely conservative ideology looking to the west and romanticizing ‘modern values’. It gives an autobiographical account of the alienation that one feels when denied selfhood both, by their own country and by the west which advertises itself as an alternative.Persepolis is set in the city of Tehran, the capital of Iran during the late 1970’s when Iran was undergoing major political changes that would permanently change the political and social landscape of the nation, the Iranian Revolution. This is the story of the journey that Marjane undergoes, as a young adult living in Iran. How she moved to Vienna, due to the war and chaos in Iran, but returns home after several years as a grown woman. During her stay in Vienna, she interacts with different people, belonging to different cultures and countries. It explores the intersection of religion and modernity, while exploring the repercussions for those who conduct these religious practices. The Islamic Republic of Iran passed laws that rigorously systemized all conduct under strict religious grounds and prohibited utilization of or interaction with essentially anything seen as Western fom American music to clothing.On initially reaching Vienna, Marjane forbids indulgence in any form of “western decadence” (page 158) when Zozo’s daughter Shirin offers her some pearly pink lipstick and raspberry scented pen. This is in sharp contrast to indulgence in western culture when she gave herself a haircut and started smoking joints. Reader A, being modern would be able to justify this as Marjane’s way of fitting in, but to reader B this would be a betrayal to the Iranian heritage, culture and origins. Especially when Marjane tells Marc that she is French to impress him (page 197). The backwardness of the Islamic regime and ideologies is clearly portrayed when Marjane confesses to her friends that she was not a virgin (page 272). The real traditionalists hidden underneath all the outward appearance of being modern is revealed, as her friends call her a whore. To a traditionalist like reader A, loss of chastity before marriage is disgraceful a sin to their religion. If viewed by the present day reader, it will also acknowledge the progress made in society since the 1970’s and be opposed to stereotyping a grown 19 year old woman for making a choice she has full liberty to make, a whore. Islam is presented in a very backward and inferior way. Born and brought up in modern, liberal and avant-garde family,Marjane was never isolated from the Iranian social, cultural and moral values by her parents. She was always given freedom and choice to maintain her cultural identity as an Iranian women.

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