Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is a graphic novel written by Marjane Satrapi that illustrates the issues with growing up an Iranian child during times of conflict and political unrest. Following the childhood life of Satrapi, a first-hand view of unrest is given to the audience in a simple art form and well-paced story that is easy to follow and stay interested in. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is a prime example of why the genre of graphic novel functions well as a vessel to convey the issues in the Middle East while still telling an entertaining story of Satrapi’s childhood. The importance of graphic novels as a genre is often lost in the association with comic books, although graphic novels offer a much more comprehensive view
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” This quote by Helen Keller sums up the book Persepolis perfectly. Margi went through many hardships but in the end it strengthened her character and she was able to embrace the world in a better way. Margi is like a baby. The first time they try and take their first steps they topple over in a few seconds but each time they fall they learn and soon enough they are running as happily as can be. The events Margi experiences throughout the graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi helps her be able to deal with life`s hardship in .
The purpose of this paper is to analyze the effect of an oppressive regime on the child Marjane Satrapi as depicted the graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.
In the book Persepolis, the narrator, author and main character, Marjane (Marji) Satrapi talks about her life growing up in Iran after the Islamic Revolution and during the Iranian-Iraqi war. The novel is separated into two books, Persepolis 1 and Persepolis 2. Both books are split into sections based on occurrences that happened in Satrapi’s life. Each section title represents something deeper than what the comic is literally saying. The titles of each sections are metaphors for what the section is about. Persepolis 1 is describing her childhood during the revolution and gives us a great understanding of what happened in Iran in the 1980s.
There are many different influences in the world today; a big one that most people in the world face is religion. Religion is an influence that people first encounter during their childhood. They grow and learn to have faith. People’s perspective on religion is affected by their culture, their family and the events they witness during childhood. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is the story of a young girl growing up in Iran, during the Islamic Revolution, and the war with Iraq. Throughout the novel religion develops along with the plot, in good and bad ways. In the story Marji loses her faith and it changes who she is, religion also changed her lifestyle by the government putting religion into the law. Religion is a topic that people label as
Due to the serious tensions looming in the air, many people would think it is strictly forbidden to laugh a little or have fun in Iran. The constant political instability makes it seem like the citizens live like robots under extreme oppression. However, in Marjane Satrapi’s biography, Persepolis, she gives an inside look at her experiences growing up in Iran and adds comic relief throughout the novel. As the main character, Marjane, evolves from an innocent girl into a mature woman, Satrapi adds bits of comic relief to highlight her typical personality while living in the midst of an oppressive society.
The story Persepolis uses the medium of graphic novel and the perspective of a child to convey her message. The events of Persepolis are very dark and in some
People’s identity is said to be based off of many different things such as were one may live, work, or even whom one may associate with. Yet, this assumption is only partially true. Behind the meaning of identity lie the unconscious prejudice minds of people. We are thought to believe that what people do and who they are as a person, makes up their identity, but true identity comes from their appearance. The ongoing stereotyping in America between whites and blacks is still being ignored by the falsely driven definition that is given the word identity. Identity is what drives individuals of the African American race further away from being recognized for the person that they really are. Instantly, without a spoken word, African Americans are judged off of the pigment of their skin.
Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis, is a story based on her own childhood in Iran. The story consists of the struggles her family and friends are forced to deal with, changing Marji’s view of Iranian life and its people. The book starts during a revolution, the Iranian people are trying to overthrow the emperor and when they finally do, war breaks out between Iraq and Iran. During the war thousands of people’s lives were taken, women, children and men of all ages. During this Marji’s parents forced her to leave Iran because they know it is too dangerous for a child of her age to live in the middle of a war so severe and life threatening. During the time Marji did live in Iran, she heard many tales about the umpteen conflicts and struggles that lower class people were faced with. Marji saw her maid whom she loved and cared for, not being able to date her love, their neighbor, because she was embedded in a different social class. She experienced the harsh realities of divergence between men and women. Women were compelled to wear a veil in order to not “distract” men with their hair. Younger boys in the lower end of the class system were given a “golden” key to take to war, which was actually plastic; this key meant that if they were killed fighting for what they believed in, it would guarantee their entrance to heaven. In Iran, there were a variety of ways in which the people of Iran can be distinguished between social classes. Your social class affected you in every way there was during this horrible time in Iran.
In The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride, exemplifies the struggles and obstacles he encountered in life while eager to find his true identity and purpose in life. In his journey of finding his true identity, James McBride faced erratic extent of preconception. Growing up, he had a rough childhood which resulted to the immoral decisions he made as a juvenile. A few of his decisions included skipping school, using drugs and getting incarcerated for larceny. Even through all these hardships, James McBride could of simply gave up on his life and become another statistic but instead he fought for his life and revealed that he still had little fortitude left in him. James McBride realized that a goal cannot be achieved in life no matter what race or class you belong to, without facing roadblocks. In The Color of Water, success is a significant theme that is portrayed at the end of the novel. However, it was not possible without it shares of trials and obstacles.