Maddy Siekmann English X 2018/19 "Persepolis" Project
Western Civilizations that consider themselves to be advanced and progressive share a lot of the same social restrictions as more conservative Eastern countries.
1: T.V Announcer: “So to protect women from all the potential rapist, they decreed that wearing the veil was obligatory. Women’s hair emanates rays that excite men. That’s why women should really cover their hair! If in fact it is really more civilized to go without the veil, animals are more civilized than we are” (Satrapi, 74).
2. Father: “You must understand that their love was impossible.” Marji: “Why is that?” Father: “Because in this country you must stay within your own social class.” Marji: “But is it her fault that she was born where she was born???” (Satrapi 37).
3. Khisro:“This is Niloufar. Her brother was my messenger boy. They are looking all over for her because she is a Communist. I let her stay in my basement. She’s eighteen, the same age as my daughter, Mandana... They’ve been searching the houses of everyone in her family. This is the only place she’s safe” (Satrapi 123).
4. Marji: “They were the Guardians of the Revolution, the women's branch. This group had been added in 1982, to arrest women who were improperly veiled. (Like me, for example.) Their job was to put us back on the straight and narrow by explaining the duties of Muslim Women” (Satrapi 133).
5. Marji: "Every Night I had a big discussion with God.” Marji, speaking; “God, give me more time. I am not quite ready yet.” God: “Yes you are, Celestial Light, You are my choice, my last and best choice" (Satrapi 8).