gvThe “Complete Persepolis” is a remarkable story of Marjane Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood, and a chronicle of her girlhood and adolescence during the Islamic Revolution.
Marjane witnessed the struggles that her homeland is facing, where social class differences are one of the main conflicts as people in Iran were being treated unfairly by the government.Interestingly enough, this graphic novel portrays the Marxist theory as Karl Max stated that class struggles cause all the conflict throughout the history.Thus, the social class differences lead and evoke revolution, and it defines one’s destiny.
Throughout the novel, the discrimination and oppression towards the lower class clearly provoke the revolution.During the Shah’s father’s period, the government’s corruption shows the inequitable treatment towards the lower classes. This is demonstrated when Marjane’s grandfather goes against the Shah’s rule and chooses to “become a communist” because of the fact that her grandfather was “disgusted that people are condemned to a bleak future by their social class” (Satrapi, 23).
Wherein, uneducated people were given fewer opportunities and had a difficult time getting good jobs which became their barrier from rising and getting out from poverty.As a result, Marjane’s grandfather was taken to jail and “the father of the Shah took everything he owned”, leaving her grandmother in poverty (Satrapi, 23).Apparently then, the Shah’s father is using his power of being the country’s emperor to expand and spread his unjust rules, wherein people who will disobey him will end up dying from hunger or will get executed. Secondly, it is evident in the chapter “The Key” how the fundamentalists neglects the lower class people.For instance, the kids who come from the poor areas are given a key called “the Key to Paradise”, and are sent to war with the promise that if they “were lucky enough to die, .