metaphorical use of the revolution

“The revolution is like a bicycle. When the wheels don’t turn, it falls.” (10)

In the book Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, the author describes her life growing up in Iran during the political turmoil that begins in 1980 and lasts for years to come. Marjane’s mother and father often attend political protests, yet they chose to protect their daughter from the violence that is present at the protests. The author cleverly uses comic like images illustrating the events that happen throughout her life.

Towards the beginning of the book, the author discusses to her friends the importance of the involvement in protesting for the revolution. Marjane is illustrated explaining this concept to her friends while on break from protesting in the garden, with guns on the ground. When Marjane said, “the revolution is like a bicycle”, she is using the bicycle to serve as a metaphor for the revolution in Iran. In order for a bicycle and a revolution to move anywhere, they both have to start momentum and progress. When someone is riding a bicycle, they must start slow and must peddle at a faster rate to get move quickly. The faster they peddle, the sooner they will get their destination. When someone stops peddling on their bicycle, and “the wheels don’t turn, it falls.” Likewise, during the Iran revolution, it took a group of people to come together to protest. The more time that was spent protesting, and the more people that became involved in the protest, it helped to build up the momentum of the revolution. Overtime, with much involvement, the protesting continued to grow. Yet if the protesting slowed down and came to a complete stop, then the revolution would not be able to occur. The Iran revolution manages to happen, due to all of the protesting that happens and the issues that it causes with the government. Marjane discusses the revolution in Iran in Persepolis and how it relates to her life.

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