Everyone’s gone through tough times in their lives; if not in the past then somethings bound to happen. It’s easy to ignore the pain you felt along the way, and pretend like everything is okay, but does this help us move forward?. In Persepolis Marjane lived through bombings in her neighborhood, strict public laws, and the loss of her family members. Through text, pictures, and emotion it became possible for the reader to more deeply feel marjane’s struggles. I’ve personally suffered my share of harsh experiences; surely that was not in the midst of a war, but it was never an easy road. Through my many experiences, no matter how bad there was always a source of light or wisdom that shined through. Can you recall that feeling you felt when you felt like someone or something had given you reason to panic, cry or be sad? did you play the scenes in your head over a thousand times? in persepolis marjane and her family always managed to keep their hopes up even in times of war. By having parties, and spending time together they were able to overcome the unbearable task of living in a dangerous area. not to mention the sources of wisdom, and courage marjane received, whether it was from her grandmother, her uncle marjane was inspired by those around her despite their situation. The simple truth is that bad things will happen to everyone; but no matter the magnitude we have to understand that though bad things happen, it provides us with a deeper understanding of life, and what it means to live. Now i’m not trying to teach others how to live, but i think if we can learn anything from Persepolis it’s that we have to accept that things happen, and when they happen we have to hold on to our beliefs, our loved ones, and our ambitions as tightly as we can. one of the most important aspects of going through hard times is the character we develop. we learn to adapt to our problems and suddenly we appreciate the nuances of life. this gives us even more reason to treat others better, to give to the less fortunate, and to respect ourselves; which is why, in my opinion we learn more about who we are in bad experiences than in any other phase of our life.