Sunday, September 14, 2014

Persepolis- Carolina Laport

Book : Persepolis
Author : Marjane Satrapi
Week : 4
Pages : 3- 62

Question Commander:

Question 1: Why does Satrapi obey her family or does she have her own mind?
                I think that Satrapi has her own mind. She thinks whatever she wants and know one could change that. People would ask her what she wanted to be and she said a prophet. Later her parents found out by her teacher that she wanted to be a prophet. Many would be worried but her parents were not. Her parents ask her what she wanted to be and she thought a prophet but I think she understood that its good, so she told her parents she wanted to be a doctor. In her heart she knew what she wanted to be and did not care what others thought, she wanted to be a prophet.

Question 2:  Why do you think the neighbor changed his mind when he found out that the girl was not Satrapi's sister, it was her maid?
               I think the reason that this happened was because in that time people cared a lot of there social class. It was the only way you could identify who was more superior then the others. An example of a person that thinks like that is the neighbor, just because the girl he had mistaken form someone else is a maid, he will not see her again. But there are some people like Satrapi who does not think that was for example Satrapi. On page 37, she said, '' But is it her fault that she was born, where she was born???''

Question 3: Why do you think Satrapi's grandma was ashamed of her circumstances?
          I think that Satrapi's grandma was afraid of what people would say. She was in terrible circumstances, her husband was thrown in jail, and she was suffering from poverty. If people found out they would start to talk and that was the last thing she wanted. She had no food only bread, so to disguise that she would pretend to cook so that the neighbors wouldn't suspect anything. She was wearing a mask to disguise her self what was going on. On page 26, ''MMM! Mom is cooking something good!'' '' Come on! She is just boiling water again.




  1. Carolina,
    Your post is great!! Your questions really left me thinking, specially #2. We are all humans, so why do we treat eachother differently. Even though that woman was their maid, she's still a human-being, with rights and a life. There's more to a person than their job, and sadly some people can't look past the surface.
    Great job!

  2. I do agree with you in all the questions, especially Question #1. I think Satrpi does have her own mind, but keeps it hidden. If her parents ask her what she wants to be she says she wants to be a Doctor, as for when the teacher ask her, she would say she wanted to be a Prophet. She would talk to God every day, convincing her that she WOULD be a Prophet.

  3. I agree with all your questions. But I agree the most with the second one because, back then they judged all just by their social class. I personally think this was not at all right. They shouldn't judge you by, where your from. That is just wrong! For the example of this with the maid. It wasn't the maids fault of where she is from. The boy should like the maid for who she is, not based on her social class.

  4. The question I chose to answer was the third one: Why do you think Satrapi's grandma was ashamed of her circumstances?

    First of all, I thought the part of the book where it showed her Mom boiling water was an interesting part because of the message it conveys. In the book, Satrapi would fake that her mom was cooking something delicious, but in reality she was just boiling water, making the other kids with her feel very mad at her. This, to me, is a factor of social class and how it can make others feel less powerful, or maybe even ashamed of themselves because they live in poverty. As Marji's grandma stated, the Shah took away all their belongings and whatever they owned, making them really poor and only with bread to eat. To me, in the real world this does happen a lot such as the government taking money away from citizens by taxes and using it to unimportant cases. The way that people live in poverty is differs from the rich life because of power people had back then. In the times of the revolution, the ruler would technically be the most rich of the country, and the other people, who were against the Shah, had less money and power because of their position in the hierarchy. Overall, I think your questions were interesting and a pleasure to read.