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I feel that Marjane wrote this to sort-of heal from her early life and to make sense of it all at the same time.  Forgiveness is something that she is seeking with this book “it is not for you and me to do justice. I’d even say we have to learn to forgive.”p.46.  This book is not easy for me to read but it seems that the way she did it was so that the common reader could get an insider’s view of the events that happened during her childhood. Satrapi told her story as though she was telling it when she was a little girl and that adds an innocence to it all. Marjane wanted the reader to see what she saw and not fill in the blanks with their own imagination. An example of this is begins on page 136 when the missile attack started and hit Marji’s neighborhood and shows her dread growing as she gets closer to her home.  This is fully realized on p. 142 when she find her friend Neda’s bracelet still on her hand sticking out of the rubble.  She also uses illustrations to portray the stark contrast between her two identities by using only two colors, black and white. The role of women in the story is complex, there seems to a wall between the publicly veiled woman and her private unveiled individualism.  Marjane is the novel’s main character and is no different in this explanation. The book is a chronicling of her life from six years of age until fourteen years of age. Her childhood perspective form a backdrop of dualities that most girls in her position might have been going through.Mrs. Satrapi holds more of a leftist political view and uses education as a way to further women in their country. Marjane depicts her as overbearing as the story progresses but always keeps a loving bond with her.Marjane’s grandmother lives with the family for a while and humors Marjane with her dreams and imagination. She most definitely provides Marjane with a matriarchal figure and shows her a great amount of love.Mehri is Marjane’s nanny and maid. She was thought of as more of a sister than anything else after a while.  She plays a big part for Marjane’s understanding of classes and that in Iran it is not allowed for someone to advance into a higher social status.  This is shown on page 37 when Marjane’s Father finds letters that she wrote for Mehri when she falls in love with a neighborhood boy but cannot be with him because she is from a lower social class than he is. This breaks Mehri’s heart and gives Marjane a real taste of where she, as a woman fits into the hierarchy of her family and Iran.Mali is a close friend of the Satrapi’s and teaches her that one day you can have it all and the next day after a bombing you lose everything.  She serves as a symbol of strength and perseverance to Marjane.Guardians of the Revolution, are women looking for any unorthodox actions that people do or clothes that they dressed in. Page 132 shows The Guardians of the Revolution stopping Marjane wearing Western “Punk Shoes” and they call her a “whore” and threaten to drag her  to the committee, the “HQ of the Guardians of the Revolution.”  Marjane lies and tells them that “her mother is dead and that her stepmother is very cruel and will burn her with an iron or send her to an orphanage if she does not go home.”. These women are fundamentalists and believe in the strict, literal interpretation of their religion and are empowered to enforce their laws.