It is hard to tell the story of a “typical” youth and it is hard to write a story that
relates to experiences in everyone’s lives, but this is exactly what Marjane Satrapi
accomplished in her memoir. Persepolis is the story of a child’s growth from
preteen to adult. The specific challenges that Satrapi faces are unique to her
situation, but we can ask whether they accurately portray the psychological
development that children go through. Do her reactions to situations resemble the
reactions that most children have to similar problems? While reading Satrapi’s
story, it is necessary to understand that the circumstances she encounters and her
reaction to these circumstances parallel how youths around the world react to
similar situations. Throughout her memoir, Satrapi uses stepping-stones that all
children use and reaches the same stages of development that psychologists believe
most children reach. For these reasons, Persepolis is a believable coming of age
Throughout a child’s life, many factors influence their socialization. In Persepolis,
Satrapi demonstrates the three major microsystems1 that influence a child’s
socialization; family, education, and community. As a ten year old child, Marjane
lives in a typical nuclear family, her community is currently in the midst of a
revolution, and her school is teaching her how to look and act like a proper woman.
It is important to understand how these three microsystems are crucial in
Marjane’s development as a young adolescent.
In American society, schools are used to educate children on how to become
independent members of society. Children are expected to abide by rules that are
established in the classroom, and they are taught to mo...
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