Public vs. Private
In the reading it states that the hijab was a reflection of architectural space in Iran, divided into two areas, andaroon (inner) and the biroon (outer, public space). Although the law of veiling did not always remain in effect, it's symbolism of constriction, oppression and privacy remained/remains constant. When watching Persepolis, it seemed when a women was wearing a veil she is in her private space, cut off from society. In the Women in Iran clip from PBS, a woman says when you are wearing the hijab you can not hear as well and therefore are cut off from conversations. The veil in way constricts them so that when in public they are more private than when at home. In Persepolis the idea of the veil holding the power of distinction between conceptions of "public and private" is shown when Marji and her friends are in her car. Marji tells the girls she is going to take her veil off and when she does she screams and you can really see and feel everything that was being held back by the veil. It didn't matter than she wasn't in a different architectural space, all that mattered was that she was freed from the prison surrounding her face. It is evident that this is when she is the most happy and escapes the feeling of oppression and necessity to remain private.