Job #4: Question commander
Why would the Shah kill thousands of people trying to keep his power, and then try to start a democracy for the people?
In the book, the Shah, was basically a dictator instated by the british so that they could get oil from Iran. Then, when people started rebelling against him, he sent his soldiers and private police to kill the people at the riots. There was even a massacre so large, rumors accused Israeli troops of doing it. But Soon before the Shah was deposed, he declared that he "understood" the revolt and said that he would help them reach a democracy. He tested many prime ministers but disliked all of them, so why would he "try to make everything better after all he has done, but not try at all? I think he ultimately knew that he was going to be forced from the throne, so he may have done that to try and leave with a better image.
Why is this book also in a comic book format?
When we read Maus, we understood that the purpose of the graphic format was to facilitate the understanding of who's who with the animal metaphor. but this book, has no metaphor like that, so what is the purpose? I think that it is for people to understand what she saw while she grew up in Iran. While growing up, she saw many awful things, that maybe she thought wouldn't be explainable using only words, so I think thats why she decided to make it a graphic novel.
Why would Marji's father tell Hossein that his girlfriend is a maid, when it is none of his business?
In p. 36-37, Marjis father finds out that Mehri is dating a man of a different social class. Then, for some reason, he takes it upon himself to tell Hosein that she is a maid. he then leaves her just because of that. I have no idea why he did that. he knew how this social thing worked, and he must've expected the resulting outcome, but he still decided to make a decision that could ruin his maid's self esteem. But if I could think on reasons for his actions, I would say that he may have thought that something much worse that her heart being broken would happen if anyone else were to find out about the relationship they had, since they were of different social classes, like in today's society, if a rich woman is seeing a poor man, society will shun her internally/externally, depending on where they are.