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Jan 31, 2013 Lecture 04 Persepolis  Pg 195-she is dressed up to go this disco, and in the book chapter and difference in the movie is that when she leaves the bar club, and there is this panel of her, and she is thinking of her grandmother, and in the scene of where she denies being Iranian, and says she is French, in the film, there is the shadow of her grandmother following her outside the bar  What does the shadow of her grandmother show in the film-shows the visualization of her imagination  In the film, that in society in general, in Hollywood movies women bodies are meant to look at  in many Hollywood movies, like Transformers, the women are there are just to be looked at  the male viewer wants to reduce the female to only her body  The Male Gaze-doesn’t need to be projected by the male character  cinema and film are so persuasive, that female bodies that are projected affects the whole society  in the film Marji looks more feminized, compared to the book  in the film, Marji looks at the TV to this cindrella story, meaning she wants to escape her concrete life, and live the fantasy life of Cindrella  in narrative cinema, women bodies become fragmented, means that they show part of woman’s bodies for the male gaze, the one they want to see it  in the film, Marji is making fun of the fun of the narrative cinema in terms of how they fragment the woman’s body  in the section, where Marji goes to the bar, and this guy hits on her, in the book, she doesn’t talk about politics, yet in the film she is trying to talk to the guy about politics, and the guy is not being serious, he is trying to fragment her bodies, through his eyebrows  Satrapi has created the character who is her own subjectivity  even though we are constantly seeing her body, and how her does she accomplish that-by emphasizing her body  by individualizing her, and showing the growth and development of her charcter, and showing her weakness and how she overcomes it 1 Jan 31, 2013  the relationship of Marji with her mother-in childhood, her mother is the authority figure that she must rebel like in pg 39, and in the chapter entitled the letter, she and the maid go to this protest, and when she comes back from this protest her mother slaps her and the maid  she compares her mother with the regime  In Austria she realizes how close she is to her mother, because her mother represents tradition, culture and language  Her relationship with her grandmother-is the one who remind her where she comes from, she reminds Marji about her roots all the time  pg 175-in the chapter called Pasta, when she has moved to Austria and she is trying to figure out everything, and she feels very alienated  Simone De Beaviour-famous for her book, The Second Sex  Simone wanted to explore that how women got to the place where they are dependent on men for everything  Biology at the time of Simone, biological reason women were under the thumb of the men  Simone spent her life being unmarried, and she never settled down and when Marji says that when I read the second sex, and what Simone De Beaviour actually means, is that women should be more like men  Simone critique was that she was always trying to say that women should be like men  Peeing like a man-Marji is trying to undertstand Simone philoospgy through that, connection between intellectual and physical  The personal is political-how does that phrase works in term of Persepolis, that she is trying to understand that what is happening in her country by trying to understand what is happening in her life  there are personal choices, and that personal choices are never personal  we always have to concrete on ourselves, meaning that choosing to wear lipstick, is not a concrete choice, it’s a political choice  showing her hair, and its beacuase it means something, how can you say women different political things  it’s the idea of all our choices are also political choices  in the introduction of the book-she gives a bit history of Iran, and ‘’since the Islaamic revolution, this great civilization have been discussed…
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