Decisions make characteristic and characteristics make decisions

People make decisions to overcome conflicts. I think those decisions come based on the person’s characteristics. In the book Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, the protagonist, Satrapi reveals her characteristics through the decisions she makes; her characteristics and decisions also relate to my life.

Observing Satrapi’s action and dialogues in the beginning of the book, we can see that Satrapi is an imprudent and fair-minded girl. She is an ordinary Iranian girl who wears a simple veil over her face; “It became obligatory to wear the veil at school” (Marjane 3). When Satrapi was young, she had a maid that treated Satrapi as her real sister. Her maid falls in love with a man next door. Since her maid can’t write, Satrapi helps her to write letters to him. As I stated, Satrapi was a fair-minded girl. She never thinks that love between different social classes should be forbidden; “But is it her fault that she was born where she was born???” (37) . This quote displays how important she thought about equality. At the time when Satrapi notices that their love was impossible, she gets frustrated. For this reason, she doesn’t tell her parents and goes out to join the protest with her maid; “Tomorrow we are going to demonstrate… we are going anyway!” (38). This protest was “Black Friday”, which was a protest that hundreds of people died. Satrapi wasn’t very thoughtful. She was acting based on her emotions more than thinking critically about what was right to do. Equally important, the book showing her decisions and thoughts; she manifested her blunt and independent characteristic. When Satrapi got older, her parents told her that she had to go to Austria and study in Vienna without her parents for a while; Satrapi noticed that it wasn’t a while. She knew that they weren’t coming to Vienna. “[She] stayed up all night…” (149).  However, she decides not to tell anyone neither that she didn’t want to go nor that she was scared that her parents weren’t coming. Furthermore, when she thinks, “It’s a little like dying,” (153) she didn’t say a word and said her last good- bye to her parents. I thought her independent traits made her decide that she won’t show her feelings and thoughts in front of her parents. Continuing on, the readers can know that she is blunt and independent by knowing what others thought about her, “Sometimes it scares me how blunt she is” (119). This quote directly indicates that Satrapi’s mom, who knows Satrapi the most, thinks that she is blunt.

Similarly, with Satrapi, when I see inequality, I can’t stay still. Moreover, when I feel like I should change the situation, I don’t think a lot before I actually go out. For instance, when one of my teachers went over only one student’s mistake even though all of the students made the same problem, I didn’t think about anything and just went up to the teacher. I couldn’t control my self from being imprudent. Even if it was Satrapi, she wouldn’t have gone over this. In contrast with Satrapi, if I were her, I wouldn’t have handled saying goodbye to my friends. It would’ve been hard to not show how I felt in front of my parents. I do not know how being blunt feels like. However, reading this book I felt how being blunt is and what kind of decisions I would make if I had her trait.

Reading the book Persepolis was a chance for me to be another person with different characteristic. I felt different emotions; I thought of decisions that Satrapi would make, based on her characteristic, when she faces different kinds of conflicts.


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