Saying "I do" to the veil

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This picture from Persepolis deals with the main character dealing with her own religious identity while the government is trying to embed religious actions on their people by introducing the veil. The addition of the veil is confusing when one is already attempting to find out what their own religious identity means for them, let alone an external source telling them what they should do- by law at that. This picture shows the nervous condition of science and technology; as shown on the left; versus the religious writings and wearing the veil on the right. The main character feels as if she has to pick a side, as the two are opposing, separate worlds.

On February 6th, 2016, Michiko Kakutani writes on Laura Secor's book titled, "Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran", about the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. This correlates to Persepolis as this is the same time period and revolution that is taking place in Satrapi's book. Secor paints a vivid picture of regular Iranian life during this time of change such as a section about "Iran's Nelson Mandela" as well as explains the horrors of "traitors" being tortured in prison, murders and executions. One of the darker stories is about two brothers caught for treason against the Shah, "Akbar and Manouchehr Mohammadi, who led a secular student group and who were found guilty of waging war against God. Though their death sentences were commuted, Ms. Secor reports, they were tortured horribly in prison: Akbar refused to implicate his brother in a foreign plot against the state and was beaten so badly that a disk in his spine ruptured and he suffered internal bleeding from his kidneys and stomach. He mounted a hunger strike in 2006 as a plea for medical care, Ms. Secor writes, but after being given an “unspecified medicine,” his condition worsened and he was left on a stretcher to die."

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