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Surprising Styles

For this multimedia post, I decided to compare and contrast page 72 of a graphic novel called Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and page 37 of the informational article called Iran Through the Looking Glass.

Although they are both talking about the American Hostage Crisis, Persepolis is much more biased, and in a very angry and abhorring tone, while the informational article is more objective. The two pieces both have simple sentences, but because Persepolis is a graphic novel, it cannot have sentences that are too long, while Iran Through the Looking Glass has longer sentences with sentence structures of both simple and compound. The word choice of Persepolis is quite casual, and it includes some swears and prejudiced language. Iran Through the Looking Glass has a neutral diction — it does not include any really difficult vocabulary, but still is written in a way so that we will understand clearly what they’re trying to say.

It was interesting to see a part of the Iranian Revolution in two different ways: one that is biased opinionated, and another that plainly states the facts. After comparing Persepolis and Through the Looking Glass, I not only understand more about the American Hostage Crisis (and the revolution), but I also understand more about why historians would want to analyze multiple sources about one topic.

Sources: www.canva.com

The Days of War and Protest

She was a lot of things. She was a victim of war; she was a developing teenager; she was a citizen of Iran. But above all, she was a confused girl with no experience and too many ideas and too many decisions to make. Her parents were extremely anti-shah, forcing her to go to protests every week. But she did not agree with her parent’s ideas. No, of course not. How could she, when she believed that the shah’s made all of the right decisions? But she was just a teenager. All she could do was write journal entries about her life as a bystander of the Iranian Revolution. And now, after all these years, she finally decided to publish it for the world to see.

Ever since the Iranian Revolution, a lot things have changed but some things stayed the same. One thing in particular that changed was that there were elections for Iran’s leaders and government. Women have more rights now and can be part of the Iranian government and parliament. There is also a legislature, prime minister, and president. Unfortunately, one main thing stayed the same. They had presidents and parliaments; however, Ayatollah Khomeini was the only one with actual power. He was a supreme leader, and had the power to appoint leaders of TV stations (this means a lot of propaganda), armies, and more. Khomeini made the Islamic Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah, which was a police force that started off with a good cause, but ended up just oppressing the powerless citizens.

The Interesting, Intriguing, and Important Iranian Revolution


Our country was made to educate others on the Iranian Revolution. Before the revolution, Iranians were mad because there were a lot of countries influencing Iran, and the government was quite corrupt. The reasons so many countries wanted to be involved with Iran is because Iran is a country with a lot of oil, and oil is extremely valuable. They did not have the power at that time, though. All they wanted was to get rid of all outer influences and actually have a say in what’s going on in their country. At that time, the society was quite unstable, as there were sporadic protests all around Iran. Also, the shah (the name for their ruler) made a secret police to opress anyone who opposed him.

There were people who supported the shah, too, and thought that he made Iran a better place for everybody. However, most citizens of Iran were poor and the victim of the shah’s reforms to make Iran a ‘better’ country. Eventually, large-scale protests broke out and the revolution started.

The revolution was only about a year long, though, but Iran has been indirectly controlled by other countries since 1905. During 1905 to 1980, there were six main leaders of Iran and four countries involved with Iran. Obviously, the citizens have been dissatisfied since, about 75 years before the actual revolution, so when they had the chance to end this once and for all, they went all out.

Finally, the Iranians took back what was meant to be theirs all along and everything was fine again. The Iranians were glad because they finally lived in a country where instead of being pushed around, they had an actual voice.

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