Social Change

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SOCIAL CHANGE
"For a revolution to succeed, the entire population must support it." People who wanted to live in a democratic country thought like that before the Iranian Revolution. They could not imagine the following events. During the revolution, islamic groups became stronger and the monarchy was replaced with an authoritarian theocracy. Regime change brought about the social and cultural change. The movie Persepolis has a great look on the rapid changes from the perspective of a young girl Marjene who live in Tehran, showing us the changes in appearances, social classes and the relationship between women and men.
In the movie one of the most striking changes was in appearance. The gradual change in clothes could have seen clearly after the Islamic Revolution. It became obligatory for women to wear veil. Women who do not want to wear veil, were punished by pouring acid out on to their hair. The rules became more and more strict. In a scene, Marjene was warned to cover all her hair by a policeman. In Islamic Republic, Western music and art were banned. Not only policemen but also people who live in Iran, tried to punish Marjene due to her clothes that have symbols of Western singers on them. On the other hand, men did not have strict rules. They could go on wearing modern clothes yet cultural changes affected them too. Men with long beards increased in number. In brief, after the Islamic Revolution Iranian people's appearances were changed.
"The reason for my shame and for the Revolution is the same: the difference between social classes." Intelligentsia has escaped from the country to live in a democratic place. Supporters of the new regime took their jobs and became dignitaries. In the movie a man who was a basic worker, became the hospital manager. The movie points out the Guardians of Revolution who have controlled people's lives and could...