By Marjane Satrapi
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1. What theme or themes does the author explore in the novel? Which passages in the text connect to the theme?
While reading the book Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi till page 61, I realised that there were several interesting themes explored in the book. Among the many themes, I found "class difference" as the most interesting and one of the focused themes in the book. Citizens who are in a low social class are mistreated by the high class people because of their lack of wealth. Due to this, many demonstrations occur in the novel by the lower class people. For example, on page 37, the main character joins the protests for her maid without knowing it was Black Friday. The main character Marjane is described as a very curious and a smart child in the book and because of this, she doesn't understand why love between different social class people is impossible. On page 37, the scene strongly connects to the theme, "social class." It strongly shows Marjane's thoughts and opinions about social classes, "But is it her fault that she was born where she was born??? Dad, are you for or against social classes? When I went back to her room she was crying. We were not in the same social class, but at least we were in the same bed." In one's opinion, it was the golden line of the chapter. Not even being able to love whom one desires because of social class was a very sad reality of that time. Also, on page 23, Marjane's grandfather claims
, "It disgusts me that people are condemned to a bleak future by their social class." Through this quote, it shows that Marjane's grandfather is truly disappointed by the fact that poor and less educated people cannot have the same rights as the people who are wealthy and educated. Because of this, in Iran, lower class citizens protested so the government would listen to their voice.