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Chapter 1 ³The Veil´ y Novel begins in 1980 y Education was affected by the response of the veil by the girls not wanting to wear the veils and by the separation of the boys and girls in the schools y Some women wanted to wear the veil, some didn¶t. Those that didn¶t want to wear the veil demonstrated in the streets against it y At one of the demonstrations, a German journalist took a picture of Marji¶s mother. Her mother then got scared, died her air, and hid herself. y Conflict between her religion and how she acts modern y Marji¶s reasons of wanting to be a prophet: o 1) her maid didn¶t eat with her o 2) her father drove a Cadillac o 3) her grandmothers knees always ached y She wanted to be justice, love and the wrath of god all in one y Zarathustrian was the first prophet in Marji¶s country before the Arab invasion; Three rules for living: o 1) behave well o 2) act well o 3) speak well y Marji wants to be a prophet but tells her parents she wants to be a doctor because they musn¶t know that she wanted to be a prophet Chapter 2 ³The Bicycle´ y The children began to reflect the political realities of the adult world in which they live in by dressing up as Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and Trotsky as they demonstrated in their garden. y The Persian people faced oppression from the emperors, the Arab invasion from the west, the Mongolian invasion from the east, and modern imperialism. y The books shaped public sentiment by teaching Marji about the children of Palestine, Fidel Castro, the Vietnamese killed by the Americans, and the revolutionaries of her country; was also used to enlighten the public y Marji¶s relationship with God begins to change by Marji acting awkward with him and acting like he doesn¶t exist; God gets mad and leaves her alone for a while; Marji also puts being a prophet aside and replaces it with the revolution y There is a fire at Rex Cinema; the police were there but they wouldn¶t allow civilians to save the people inside. By the time the fire engine got there, everyone was dead. y Marji wants to demonstrate in the streets with her parents but they say no because it is too dangerous for her. Chapter 3 ³The Water Cell´ y Marji¶s parents find her request to play monopoly humorous because it is a capitalist game and they are demonstrating against the Shah whom is a capitalist
as a second dead man is carried out on a stretcher during the demonstration. A low ranking officer was told he would become emperor. He failed by trying to make a democracy. Marji learns that her great grandfather was the emperor who was overthrown by Reza. Marji¶s grandfather then accepted his new government role of being Prime minister. It added a conflict to her life since it involved her personal family. who told her grandma. Chapter 6 ³The Party´ y The Shah attempts to appease the people by testing a dozen Prime Ministers. Marji learned the consequences for doing things behind her parents backs. y Mehri is Marji¶s maid. Marji¶s mother reveals in a flashback that as a little girl she was scared the police would come and take her father to jail. God then returns to Marji after a long absence because she needs him since she is emotionally upset. it said so in her school book. Reza. Everyone wanted his departure . there was a rumor that Israeli soldiers killed many people. Chapter 5 ³The Letter´ y Marji¶s feels so ashamed because everyone around her has to live life hard as she is living high in a Cadillac because of the difference between the social classes. He makes a trade off to give them what they want as he gets power. who told Marji¶s mother. the dead man was thought to be a hero even though his widow told them he had died of cancer. the king was chosen by God.y y y y y y y According to Marji. Chapter 4 ³Persepolis´ y Marji¶s grandmothers¶ response to questions about the past makes her not happy y The Shah¶s rules were ten times tougher than his fathers y Marji¶s father went to take pictures of the demonstrations everyday that made her mother very nervous y Ironically. was different from Gandhi and Ataturk because he wasn¶t educated or a leader Reza¶s original political move was to make a republic. the father of the Shah. Her father and the feeling to Marji her grandfather was a prince. his beliefs changed because he had to study Europe and read the Marx. Marji helped Mehri write letters to her boyfriend since she didn¶t know how to read or write y The news of Mehri¶s clandestine affair reached Marji¶s father by Mehri¶s real sister being jealous and telling her uncle. He came to join Marji¶s family as she left her home as a child to work y For six months. The father then told the young man that Mehri was his maid because of the different social classes. who told her father about the affair. He didn¶t think it was right y Marji was upset about Mehri¶s break up so she told her they were going to go demonstrate y On Black Friday.
y Marji is confused and doesn¶t know what justice is anymore Chapter 8 ³Moscow´ y Anoosh is Marji¶s uncle. y Marji had no one to look up to but now that she has talked to Anoosh. y According to Marji. since he was in prison. Marji feels that one that loses should be tortured. who she thinks is a hero.y y y y The U. he would become a taxi driver and his wife would because a cleaning lady (they would get bad jobs) y Mohsen died because he was drowned in his own bathtub y Siamek¶s sister was the executed . Marji learns two lessons from her mother: o To learn to forgive o To not blame Ramin for his fathers¶ actions Chapter 7 ³The Heroes´ y According to Laly. Marji might think that it symbolizes his life in prison. Chapter 9 ³The Sheep´ y According to Anoosh.S. a hero is someone who was in prison y Now that the revolution is over. she says her father is on a trop. to gain independence of Azerbaijan y Anoosh travels to his parents house after he escapes from prison y He leaves his family because he thought he would get in trouble if he was with his parents so he went into exile with the USSR y His girlfriend then came to his prison cell because she wanted to make a child with him. changed its public policy toward Iran by having Jimmy Carter to refuce to give refuge to the exiled Shah and his family The teacher having told the students to tear out all the photos of the Shah in their books contributed to Marji¶s anger and confusion when she returns to school Marji and her friends want to attack Ramin because they found out Ramin¶s father was the Savak and killed millions of people. y 99.99% of the population voted for the Islamic Republic (propaganda) was the reported outcome of the elections. She paid the guard to allow them to do their duty and make a baby. y Marji¶s dad thinks that if he goes to the U. y Siamek and Mohsen have been in prison for the past few years because they were revolutionists y The CIA helped lead the training in torture practice y Laly is still mad at Marji because of what she said but is happy that she was right and Marji was wrong about her father. she can look up to him. it is impossible to persuade the population to follow Marxism because half the country¶s population was illiterate so he said it would be impossible. Marji believes when she is told someone is on a trip that it actually means they are dead.S. Marji thinks he is a hero y Fereydoon is Marji¶s great uncle. y Anoosh tells Marji the stories because he doesn¶t want the family history to be lost y Anoosh made a swan out of bread in prison that symbolizes freedom and beauty.
Chapter 10 ³The Trip´ y The U.S. this upset Marji because she couldn¶t visit her friend. her father changes the subject.´.S. If one thing happens another thing happens for men. ³the Sheep´. He says the real enemy is the fundamentalist government y The nature of the war takes everyone by surprise y It would be impossible for Iran o retaliate effectively against Baghdad because Iran would need pilots but they don¶t have any y Marji is angry at her father because he dad doesn¶t like her ideas y It was so unusual to hear the national anthem because thye haven¶t heard it for more than a year.. Marji tries to console her friend by telling her that her father was a genuine hero but Pardisse says she wishes he were alive and in jail rather than being dead and a hero .y y y y y Anoosh is put into jail but she thinks he died Anoosh wanted to see Marji because she in the star in his life and the daughter that he always wanted to have. The Iranians follow and believe everything they are told. Anoosh was going to be executed because he was a Russian spy God visits Marji after Anoosh¶s death and Marji tells him to leave her life. after all. Chapter 11 ³The F-14¶s´ y Marji see¶s Iraqi fighter jets y Marji starts talking about the time her father was learning in the military. Marji¶s mom says it¶s probably pollution but it isn¶t. y Pardisse described in her paper how she will take care of her mother and brother because he dad is dead. Marji¶s family gets startled when they see a black cloud hovering over Iran on the news. in the U. Marji wanted to fight. Modern people are a little relaxed with the way they dress y ³There was kind of justice. y ³There¶s no place like home´ is ironic because there is going to be a war and their home will soon be taken away or burnt down. The significance to the title. is to symbolize people as sheep or followers. the embassy and universities were also closed y They closed the schools because they had to revise the books the children were using y The rationale for making the veil obligatory was so women couldn¶t not be raped and thought about badly since apparently women¶s hair attracts men so they had to cover it up y Fundamentalist cover up their entire body and don¶t shave their beards. The reason for the second Arab invasion were the Iranian Fundamentalists tried to stir up their Iraqi Shiite allies against Saddam y With the news of the invasion.¶s response to the embassy take-over was with the fundamentalists. y Ordinary citizens were wearing the veils and chadors because they had to follow their guidelines y Marji had to tell her friends that she prayed all days y At their Madrid hotel. Kaveh. so no more ³home sweet home´ y The last invasion of Iran was 1400 years ago. like sheep. so it goes both ways.
even though she just questioned and insulted people about not being civilized y Iranians are required to ration their supply by getting a small amount of everything y Everything of Mali¶s family was destroyed. y The Persian philosophy of resignation are that you are to respect your elders y One of the country¶s rituals are to hit themselves to show their appreciation y The students tried to ease the tension of a very serious situation with humor y Marji¶s generation is so rebellion because they rebelled against everything since their parents did not teach them how to behave y Mrs. video cassettes and a chess board. . Timoosh¶s dads¶ punishment was 75 lashed from a whip.Chapter 12 ³The Jewels´ y Marji¶s mom says the people don¶t act like civilized people. Mali¶s family was all about materialistic things and they were snobby y The common attitude about the refugees the other shoppers express are that they don¶t like them because the shoppers ³take everything´ as they are taking everything also y The refugee families lost their food and they are afraid their will lose their husbands Chapter 13 ³The Key´ y The primary difference between the Iranian and Iraqi armies is that Iraq has more modern weapons but Ira has more people. y Two violations Marji¶s dad was guilty of was driving drunk and having alcohol at home. y Marji doubts ³maternal instinct´ because she didn¶t know what to do when her aunt left her with the baby. Marji¶s family let them spend the night. she received a key from her son which mean a key to paradise y The government recruited boys to serve on the front lines of the war. records. y Marji¶s family continued to hold partied despite the danger because they said that the war would be unbearable without parties. The environment of the basement reflected the emotional state of the people/country because they were basically trapped by the government y Marji¶s mother is putting up masking tape on the windows to prevent flying glass from the bombs to fly in their house and black curtains to hide from the neighbors y The government found a deck of cards. here mom suggests a confusing statement by saying she needs more rice as she leaves the store. Arsin was Marji¶s new maid. They persuaded them by saying it would take them to paradise y The government gave boys the keys because they were trying to convince them it was a key to Heaven after they died if they went to fight in the war y The clothing of the 80¶s were ripped and included chains which reflected the political realities of the time period Chapter 14 ³The Wine´ y People went to the basement for refuge. His wife was worried about the situation. y The wine came from Marji¶s uncle that made the wine and his housekeeper crushed the grapes for him.
y Marji¶s destination was Kansas on Jordan Avenue. y The survival of the regime depended upon the war.y Marji¶s grandmother says she has diabetes and has to get in the house. dictator. Marji and her friends realize that it¶s a lie. for a price of $200 in 5 days Chapter 17 ³the Shabbat´ y What was the new strategy? How does the author Iranians? o To use ballistic missiles against Iraqis. Iranians love to gossip and over exaggerate y What did the siren signify? What did Marji realize for the first time? o If the end has come. Chapter 15 ³The Cigarette´ y The war had been going on for two years. desertedness . They eventually got rid of the officer just by paying him money. anyone who was caught showing resistance to the regime was persecuted y 3 year (1980-1983) y ³Those poor 20 year olds get slaughtered. However. She is planning to get rid of all of the alcohol they have in t he house. the human cost of his survival was a million people y The regime became more repressive by arresting people and executing them y Marji¶s symbolic act of rebellion was smoking cigarettes Chapter 16 ³The Passport´ y The internal war. The new reported that the Iranians destroyed 13 Iraqi planes. she realized how much danger she was in y What does the picture on the top of page 137 reflect the mood? Where does Marji¶s only hope lie? o The streets are abandoned. Shows loneliness. They kill me´ y Her parents think she is very stubborn y Uncle Taher had his third heart attack y People are giving blood. and the Iraqis actually shot down 2 of their planes. y Marji¶s motives for breaking her parent¶s rules were that she wanted to stay with her older friends and they were breaking the rules so she followed them. and guardian of the revolution. to get a French education. losing limbs and having heart attacks y Marji¶s aunt ask the hospital director to help her husband so he can get his passport but the HD only says ³if god wills it´ y To make passports. Kansas was able to survive the regime¶s repression because they had no idea what it was (it was a burger restaurant) y Marji describes her mother and her tactics as being a torturer.
She sets Nedas bracelet in the remains. Marji does not care and continues to wear jewelry. y Where do Marji¶s parents decide to send their daughter? Why? o Austria because its easy to get an Austrian visa.s like change after Neda¶s death? What happened at school? o she was 14 and a rebel. Marji can get her German education y What is her grandmother¶s advice to her? o Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself y Who made up a large segment of those leaving the country? o Young boys (considered future solider) they were forbidden to leave after they turned 14 y Marji¶s dad says ³don¶t forget_______ or________´ o Don¶t forget who you are or where you are from y What is Marji¶s last memory of her parents before leaving? o Her mother fainted . a prince would take her to his castle. How does Marji¶s mother attempt to protect her daughter? How does Marji discover the truth? What does the last frame on page 142 reflect? o Saying that the Baba. their daughter did not pray much but talked about romance. her mom freaks out and is worried y What happened to Niloufar? Why? How do you know? What is Marji¶s reaction? o Executed but a guardian had to marry her and lose her virginity since it is against the law to execute a virgin. er pain and suffering.Levy¶s were in a hotel. Marji is shocked. y How does Marji¶s dad respond to her behavior at school? her mom? o The dad doesn¶t care and says she is like her uncle. and Marji¶s mom¶s friend lives in Vienna. death Chapter 18 ³the Dowry´ y How did Marji.y y What motivated the Baba-Levy family to stay in Iran? Why is this so unusual? What was Neda¶s dream? o Their ancestor had come three thousand years ago and Iran was their home. she gets in trouble for wearing jewelry and jeans y what did Satrapi learn about the government in her new school? how did she respond? o Its forbidden to wear jewelry. the husband is to pay the dowry. she gets expelled for hitting her principal.
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