As I began to analyze the graphic novel Persepolis I detected a special kind of nervous condition that I think many people go though in life.Our protagonist Marji had to deal with being torn between her preconceived notions of God as a child and her developing concept of God as an emerging adult. As her narrative begins we get to see how she has a very close fond view of him. It is almost like God is some kind of buddy that you can confide in at any moment. She uses him to essentially be more confident about her personal motivations. The innocence of childhood is temporary so this view of God is also temporary because our view of God is tethered to our life experiences. Unfortunately she does experience traumatic events that coincide with her developing new ideas about God. She reevaluates how she feels about God as she continues to grow up and move through adolescence. It even gets to a point that events have gotten so bad that instead of revering God she actually seems to admire the Communists too much. That is because the Communists provide tangible ideas for her to grasp onto as she looks for hope. God even seems to go on a hiatus of sorts as he has less of a presence for a while. Her purity as a young person seems eradicated by the horrors she experiences. On the night of trauma induced by terrorist attacks God is completely absent. This sadly demonstrates that as we grow older it often is harder to look towards God and away from the pain that is right in front of us. This scene demonstrates this feeling of isolation from the creator that Persepolis makes intentional. However God is not gone forever and does make a return. However just as the character in our story evolves so does the character of God in this graphic novel. It is an enlightening revelation that is a perfect commentary on how all people change as they continue to be in relationship with God. That is what makes the relationship real for all relationships need to change with time to show that it is growing. Whether this growth is towards the Heavens or the abyss is up to each and every one of us.
The article from the NY Times that I chose was to establish some kind of background to Iran’s economic structure. I decided to do this because I saw some other blog entries provide a historical background. Overall it discusses how the Iranians are attempting to limit the influence of the West. State backed conglomerates and pension funds run the economy. So the private sector does not get to benefit all that much as a result. It also mentions how because the United States labels Iran as sponsor of terror they have a hard time getting business deals with other countries. It even describes how lifting of sanctions only make the government grow fatter as opposed to helping the private sector. They do not want the country to be too divided and free to open markets without conservative government regulation. Overall it helps highlight the difference between their markets and western ones.