Persepolis Reader

by Marjane Satrapi

Readers

1. A person from the West

2. A person from the East

3. A politician from that time

Interpretation

1. The Occidental side of the world, is more judgmental when reading about a different culture, and can end up thinking that for all Iranians religion was something imposed by the government for the population. That people can't show their true self or wear what they want due to the dress code they have to follow and the way they must react to things.

Note: Reading now a days would create a contrast to the general stereotype that the Western world have about Muslims. Men aren't superior to women as thought and they aren't terrorists.


2. The Muslims, specially the Iranians, can either connect to Marjane's story and confirm that it wasn't a great time to be living there due to the war, or they can have a more conservative mindset and think it was wrong what she did and her way of thinking. Either way, the rapport between them and the author would be greater than the author and the Westerns.

Note: Reading nowadays would just make them remember the past and connect to the reader. Even if some people were in favor of the veil and the restrictions, they would be more connected to the story than the Westerns, since they share the same culture and religion


3. The government wouldn't like, nor aprove, her mindset. She couldn't show hair straps, couldn't listen to the music she listen to, couldn't rebel against the norm and dress the way she wished, and should be respectful and not lie to the Guardians of the Revolution. By reading the book they would be able to realize that religion isn't something you can impose in society. They can wear and act the way that's expected, but their faith is something that's difficult to convert. Furthermore, just because people accept certain things, it doesn't mean they believe or are in favor of it.