B. Persepolis as a portrait of culture with focus on social practices and traditions Phuoc Do Nguyen Nguyen World Literature II Fall 2010 1.What does the book suggest about the role of religion in Iranian culture, especially in the lives of people like Marjane’s family? • Limited the freedom • Changed the lives of people in Iranian culture • Caused confusing to society • Marjane’s family hardly accepted the change of the religion. • Marjane didn’t like the veil 2. What does the book suggest about social class in Iranian society, especially, for example, in the story of the courtship between the family’s maid and their neighbor (34-37) or the distribution of keys to paradise to boys drafted into the army (99-102)? • Everyone was identified by their name, ethic, and religion. Mehir had to stop the relationship with a boy next door because she didn’t belong to the same social class as he is. • The government use every possible way including sparing people’s life for their own self-interest. The government trick the young boys with the key to paradise. 3. What role does the educational system play in the post- revolutionary Iran? • To force the young generation into the power-seeking attitude of the former regime • Power of persuasion 4. According to Satrapi, what are some of the consequences on Iranian society of long years of warfare and violence? • Destruction • Death • Many people escaped Iran 5. What are the roles for women in Iranian society as depicted in the book? How do Marjane and her mother grandmother both play into and resist those roles? • Household in the family • The mother of the kids • A great companionship for the almighty masculine men.
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