Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Satrapi goes about challenging the myth that Iran is a country made up of "fundamentalism, fanaticism and terrorism," by showing a rather modern open minded family of which she grows up in. There are many examples in the story of characters who disagree with the government, and are politically active in the oppositions towards it. The book shows a more oppressive minority, who uses fear to manipulate the conscious of the Iranian people.
Persepolis confirmed my beliefs that religious radicalism is very dangerous for any society. Any group of people that speaks of hate, oppression and try to limit freedom and speech should be viewed as threat to everyones freedom. Iran just simply had the misfortune of having a political climate that allowed these radical religious factions to rise to power, slowing Iran's progress to towards the modern age.
The book helped me understand pre-revolution climate of Iran. 

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