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Megan Kittlitz

English 114B

Professor Hamalian

9 May 2013

Essay #1: Persepolis Revised   
A passionate heart, an open mind. A thinker, a leader, someone who can stand and take a hit; someone with true grit. Leaders or rather people of a chosen position, oftentimes are caught behind leading a movement of power, a movement of the people. Revolution in its purest form has in fact, many definitions. Revolution is an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed. Revolution is a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure, especially one made suddenly and often accompanied by violence. I believe revolutions occur in both physical ways as well as, one’s state of mind. The impact something like revolution can have on an economy or rather, its citizens is great. Revolution oftentimes has negative effects. Women and children face greater tragedies than the news ever wants covers; instead they keep the focus on the testosterical males who are spitting slander and fighting with their fists in the streets. History proves that it takes time for change to ensue, therefore, change does not happen quickly, alas, no overnight remedies.

Revolutions affect all of society in a variety of ways but the people whose emotions go through unnoticed or are often overlooked, are that of women and children. Every type of revolution serves a specific purpose and usually has certain outcomes, which can be good or bad. Although there are both violent and nonviolent protests, both affect the loved ones of whoever participates. For example, they could simply be worried about their family member.

Any good woman or wife knows of the evils just outside her doorstep; the evils her husband is likely out in the streets trying to combat along with several other men and several other women’s husbands. If you think about it in a sincere way or more womanly way perhaps, you might say women have to deal with more during revolutions. They have to have courage while their husbands are out at battle, they have to worry about housework (although during a revolution work might seem rather pointless), they have to explain to their children what is going on in an earnest way; they have to be strong.

As children, we are taught to listen, behave and gain lots of knowledge. During revolutions or wartime, there are a number of children who face scary realities. Although they might not understand it completely at the time, children have to deal with seeing their mothers weep and not knowing why she is hurting, why their dad hasn’t been home in weeks, why do the teachers at school seem frazzled and resistant to teach, what is the news on the radio and television keep talking about explosions or people getting hurt? The perspective of a child or children during times of violence and, sometimes, even nonviolence, is important in evaluating the consequences that revolutions often bring.

While revolutions, big or small, happen everyday throughout the world, there is much discussion on whether or not revolutions are physical or rather a state of mind. I argue that both can occur. Why? Because, take a violent revolution. It is almost guaranteed a good number of people, demonstrators or not, will get hurt in some unfortunate way. For example, bombings, shootings, bullying, raping, etc. – to put it in a general category, lots of criminal or uncharismatic activity or behaviors. In nonviolent revolutions, it can be argued sometimes it can be considered ‘a state of mind’ because one may find themselves at odds with how they feel about a subject or topic individually rather than with others or a certain group. Another example is battling internal demons rather than outside sources.

Business is an industry, which is highly affected by revolution and wars, especially if it is violent. Say there was rioting in the streets, police covering every speck of earth surrounding the ‘battleground’ and complete chaos reigning throughout town. You certainly cannot expect commoners to walk freely out of their homes and go grocery shopping, drop off their mail at the post office, fill up their gas tanks, or just be driving or walking around period. Violent times bring out craziness; psychically and mentally, spiritually and religiously, internally and externally. Without anyone coming into their stores or having anyone’s ‘business’, companies and stores lose profits, don’t meet their specific quota, can be put out of work (go out of business), etc. Alas, you can see the importance and role that many things lead, not only in revolutions, but also simply just in life, to keep and give it balance.

In the uncommon occasion, revolution sometimes has quicker results, the problem being “debated” was probably not too great to begin with then and is soon put to an end and some decision eventually made. In such a case, society should hit themselves in the face for even bringing up such foolish arguments. Imprudent thoughts lead to a weaker nation and possibly bring about a certain dumbness to future generations. When revolution is good – when it enables change upon society for the better – it is just as tedious and often just as hard to accomplish. People are lazy and some want change but what they do not want is to put in the work to get them there. This ideology can and is represented in millions of ways in an individual’s life (ex: losing weight, becoming a better student, getting a job promotion, strengthening a relationship, etc.).

Historically, a multitude of individuals have proved to society that change need not always come from violent methods. Nonviolence can be an effective way to change; I think it merely depends on your audience. Take Gandhi for example. He believed in torturing his body by means of fasting for days and days until people started to notice and listen to him and what he had to say. Martin Luther King Jr. was also a man who believed in nonviolent actions. He believed he could get through to people by the power of his words. And eventually, he did. Various other reformists used words, drawings, personal methods, etc. to get their point across to their intended audiences. Oftentimes, there is rhetoric hidden in speeches, advertisements, propaganda, etc. that is intended for the audience to catch and act upon. Hidden messages of rhetoric serve as guidelines and scripture for those seeking the meaning behind the occurrence.

Revolutions bring out chaos, tragedies, change and reform. Political implications of revolutions include: the making of new initiatives, the coming of a new leader, the takeover of a territory, the bringing home of fugitives, freeing previously owned or stolen goods and/or merchandise, etc. Such implications can be good or bad; it mostly depends on whether or not the revolution is violent or not.

Oftentimes having negative effects, revolutions bring on pain, hardships and loss. Women and children are overlooked and ‘sit around’ while they know their husbands and fathers are out trying to improve the situation; trying to make the world a better place. Because history can prove that it takes a long time for change to ensue, people need to help one another out; they need to realize what is going on and that individual lives do not matter when you look back. Being a native-born American, I know only of the goodness and wealth the United States represents and, has given me. I know life is different ‘over there’ and it’s much more strict than it is ‘here’ but thinking you know how something is, is different than actually knowing or realizing how the other side truly is. The revolution I know of is mostly good and has invoked change; the little I’ve felt about the outside depresses me for I know not of what is happening and it’s just outside my doorstep.

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