The Veil Short Story

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A Ten year Old Passion behind The Veil The short story “The Veil” by Marjane Satrapi used drawing to describe how she was a ten-year-old forced to wear a veil and how it changed her view of her surroundings. Using drawing and writing makes readers think and interpret the feeling and the situation that was going on. Satrapi uses dark faces and bright backgrounds for the things that made her insecure, and she uses a black background and a white face to show the happy faces or the positive feelings. In the February 1, 2012, article in Library Journal “Drawing on Reality” by Bonnie Brzozowski, Bonnie wrote, “A black-and-white illustrations are simply, yet capable of portraying great emotion.”(Brzozowski 34) Satrapi was struggling and trying …show more content…
A year after the Islamic Revolution takeover, in 1980, is when the veil became mandatory. Satrapi’s drawing shows how the kids at school were unhappy to be wearing that veil. Being a kid and forced to do something you don’t understand is tremendously hard. Some of the kids at school were playing with it; some of them were wearing the veil; some of them thought it would make them look like monsters. In the article “Marji: Popular Commix Heroine Breathing Life into the Writing of History by Costantino, Manuela “The girls’ diverse reactions to the garment are unexpected and humorous; they transform the veil into a toy and have fun with it.”(Costantino 435) children being children; innocent, playful, and creative. Satrapi was confused. Wearing the veil did not make you more religious, in her eyes. Her surroundings were changing too; the things that she believed in and knew were no longer there.
The Islamic revolution did not just force them to wear a veil, but also closed all the Bilingual schools too. The Islamic Revolution believed that the bilingual schools “are symbols of capitalism” (Satrapi 564). Satrapi’s drawing of the French bilingual school closing shows where she used to go school too painted
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There were demonstrations on the streets. A drawing by Satrapi shows that those who were against the veil had black hair and a white outfit. In contrast, those people who support the veil are wearing all black and covered all over except the face. Her mom was one of the demonstrators on the street against the veil. Satrapi was so proud of her mom when she saw her mom’s photo in one of the European Newspapers and an Iranian Magazine. After Satrapi’s mom’s photo had been published in the newspapers and the Iranian magazine, her mom was petrified that she might be a target of the revolutionary government. Her mom started dying her hair blonde and wearing sunglasses so that she wouldn’t be recognized.
Satrapi was confused about what was happening. Satrapi’s family was a religious but modern family. She felt she was the last prophet, she had her holy book and she had three rules that she got from “the ‘Zarathustra’ the first prophet before the Arab Invasion…behave well, speak well, and act well”(Satrapi 567). Satrapi wants to celebrate “The Fire Ceremony and Persian New Year, Norouz on March 21st, first day of spring” (Satrapi 567), as they used to. The Fire Ceremony looks fun; it consists of jumping over a fire pit as a