Prior lives of the Iranian people. Satrapi captures

Prior to the interactive oral presentations, I was unaware of how much of an affect the cultural and political conflicts in 20th century Iran had on Marjane Satrapi’s memoir, The Complete Persepolis. I also had many misconceptions about the Muslim religion and the country as a whole. Through the presentations, however, I was able to identify the numerous flaws in my thinking, as well as the political climate in Iran and its crucial role in the narrative.Some of the misconceptions I had revolved around Islamic beliefs and practices. It was through these presentations that my knowledge on the many rules and restrictions that regulate almost every aspect of daily life in Iran was considerably developed. Being aware of these rules—like the ban on premarital sex, the segregation of genders, and the enforcement of the veil—and their harsh consequences changed how I perceived Marjane and her family. Living in such a progressive and free society today, it is difficult to think of Marjane’s parents being permissive towards their daughter. However, after learning that the punishment for disobeying Islamic laws could range anywhere from brutal torture to gruesome execution, I now acknowledge the boldness of her parents. In future readings, I will note any additional misconceptions and the effect they have on how I perceive the characters and events in the novel.Satrapi constantly referenced the Iranian Revolution in her memoir, and I found myself unable to grasp the topic with the innumerable dates, names, and details that were used in the novel. The interactive oral presentations gave me a chance to finally decode the long and intricate nature of Iran’s history, specifically the climax of the Iranian Revolution. One of the most applicable pieces of information that I learned was the names of the different rulers during and after the Pahlavi Dynasty. The Pahlavi Dynasty consisted of Reza Khan and his son Mohammad Reza Shah. After their rule in 1979, a new supreme leader came to power named Ruhollah Khomeini. All three of these men played a role in the Iranian Revolution and affected the daily lives of the Iranian people. Satrapi captures this struggle through the historically accurate references of actual events and actions taken by the government. This ___ allowed/gave way to ___, and I look forward to ___ as I continue to read The Complete Persepolis.