Monday, March 23, 2009
In this section of the reading, Satrapi deals with feeling stuck in between two worlds. The guilt she feels for the so-called suffering she endured in Austria cannot compare with the warfare and executions that prisoners and people in Iran dealt with. It is hard to see Satrapi encounter this gulf between her selves, and this becomes especially apparent when she sees her old friends who now wear make-up and are concerned about their appearances. At this point, I both agree with Satrapi, and feel like she has a very condescending view of people who are not as dedicated and aware of their surroundings as she is. For some people, it is easier to forget and ignore the hard times around them then to try and fight them on a day to day basis. I feel like this is one of the many points where Satrapi may be hard to identify with, but at the same time her point about the changing views of the young people around her is important. By focusing on inane things like night clubs and make-up, these women are ignoring the oppression of the fundamentalist regime around them.