APRIL 11, 2012:
“The Revolution ate its own children”- about the leftists
Persepolis page 64 and 65- describes the people leaving out of fear, especially leftists
There was fear starting to build, the leftist communities were beginning to be targeted
Hoveyda was let out of jail at one point, but didn’t leave when many told him that he
should. He stayed in Iran because of loyalty to his country. He was brought up on
charges such as “spreading corruption on earth,” “expansion of the influence of
American imperialism and its European allies,” “fighting God and the Wali *deputy+ on
Imam Zaman,” “spreading cultural and ethical corruption and direct participation in
consolidating the pillars of colonialism and granting capitulatory rights to Americans.”
These charges in general had nothing to do with his true actions. His not leaving ended
in his trial and execution.
Going out into the street as a child like the girl in Persepolis, in western dress and
listening to western music, this was very difficult and there was a lot of policing of
people on the streets.
Page 109- the “moral” policing, even by family
The role of class in this revolution: Marjane in upper class, has ____ princes in heritage,
and before the revolution they would have been going out fancy restaurants and cafes,
more westernized centres of entertainment, bars, dressing in western ways, etc. The
revolution brought into power (generally speaking) people with more working class
background who were resentful of this upper class. The moral policing was showing the
resentment of the luxury of the upper class (elite, distant, not understanding the
realities of the poverty).
Iran-Iraq War: Persepolis includes it- page 102) shows class awareness and contrast
between those at war and the upper class- she shows that she is living in a bubble while
this cataclysmic thing is going on.
It was 1980-1988. Longest conventional war of the 20 century. Iraq invaded Iran in
September 1980, beginning the war. There was fear of a Shi’ite insurgency in Iraq
against their secular Sunni regime, especially in the wake of the Iranian revolution.
Over 1,000,000 soldiers were killing, and the conflict is often compa