I feel that Marjane wrote this to sort-of heal from her early life and to make sense of it all at the same time. Forgiveness is something that she is seeking with this book “Anyway it is not for you and me to do justice. I’d even say we have to learn to forgive.”p.46. This book is not easy for me to read but it seems that the way she did it was so that the common reader could get an insider’s view of the events that happened during her childhood. Satrapi told her story as though she was telling it when she was a little girl and that adds an innocence to it all. Marjane wanted the reader to see what she saw and not fill in the blanks with their own imagination.
An example of this begins on page 136 when the missile attack started and hit Marji’s neighborhood and shows her dread growing as she gets closer to places that she knows. This is fully realized on p. 142 when she find her friend Neda’s bracelet still on her hand sticking out of the rubble. She uses this visual way of pictures to truly show the huge gap between her two identities that she adopts for survival by only using black and white. The role of women in the story is complex, there seems to a wall between the publicly veiled woman and her private unveiled individualism.
Marjane wrote this book and it is done in first person as the main character and is no different in this explanation. The book is a chronicling of her life from six years of age until fourteen years of age. Her childhood perspective form a backdrop of dualities that most girls in her position might have been going through.Mrs.
Satrapi seems to hold herself toward a leftist view and uses education as a way to further women in their country. Marjane depicts her as overbearing as the story progresses but always keeps a loving bond with her. She sees her mother as strong and smart throughout each story.Marjane’s grandmother seems to live at Marjane’s house and humors her dreams and imagination of seeing god and being a prophet. She absolutely is the start of Marjane’s individualism and is a matriarchal figure. She shows Marjane a great amount of love even when she is sad that her husband has recently passed.Mehri is a great learning step and serves as the family maid and secondary as a maid. She was thought of as more of a sister than anything else after a while.
She plays a big part for Marjane’s understanding of classes and that in Iran it is not allowed for someone to advance into a higher social status. This is shown on page 37 when Marjane’s Father finds letters that she wrote for Mehri when she falls in love with a neighborhood boy but cannot be with him because she is from a lower social class than he is. This breaks Mehri’s heart and gives Marjane a real taste of where she, as a woman fits into the hierarchy of her family and Iran.Mali is a close friend of the Satrapi’s and teaches her that one day you can have it all and the next day after a bombing you lose everything. She serves as a symbol of strength and perseverance to Marjane.Guardians of the Revolution, are women looking for any unorthodox actions that people do or clothes that they dressed in.
Page 132-134 shows The Guardians of the Revolution stop Marjane once when she was wearing “Punk Shoes” and they call her a “whore” they then scare her by trying to take her to “The Committee”, “The Committee was the HQ of the Guardians of the Revolution.” Marjane panics and makes up a lie and says to them that “Ma’am, my mother’s dead. My stepmother is really cruel and if I don’t go home right away, she’ll kill me…”. The Guardians of the Revolution let her go but shows that even strict women can have kind hearts in this time. The Guardians of the Revolution are fundamentalists and believe in the strict, literal interpretation of their religion and are empowered to enforce their laws.