Traditionally, the teen male rebel without a cause has often been the character dominating the text studied in a high school or even college humanities classroom. The novel that comes to mind is J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. But in two recent novels, Push by Sapphire, and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, the female teen rebels challenge the traditional notion of youth in rebellion. In Push, the main character Precious Jones must educate herself and care for her baby the same time she deals with issues of racism and sexual abuse. In Persepolis, the author Marjane Satrapi portrays herself as a young girl growing up in revolutionary Iran, where she learns that one cannot rebel in isolation. Both novels offer a new perspective on how rebellion is not always an isolated, self-centered activity as it is often portrayed in traditional male protagonists.
|Keywords:||Rebellion, Racism, Revolution, Fiction|
Associate Professor of Humanities, Humanities, Capital Community College, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
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