The persepolis

The Persepolis is a very interesting comic to read because it tells the story of a little girl and how she grows up.  The book starts off with Marjane Satrapi as ten years old saying she is not very popular and everyone else is much better than her in every way, as well as no one cares for her.  She believed that she was born in religion, and that religion was the answer to everything and God did everything for a reason.  She wanted to become a prophet when she grew up.  She told her teacher this and the teacher was concerned that she wanted to be prophet and she approached her parents.  After the teacher told her parents this, they saw nothing wrong with this.  It continues with Marjane’s story of what happened in her life and how she grew up with her parents, family, and school.  Everything does happen for a reason as she would put it.

Marjane tells her story of her being a kid in very interesting detail because she remembers everything that has happened to her as a child.  She tells everything from having positive thoughts to having really strong feeling of sadness, which happened a lot from what she wrote in the comic, from towards her family.  She believed that she if you were fourteen years old that that you are fully matured and you did not need your parents to support you anymore.  She has accurate details of what happen during the war, just like when they were being bombed and they had to hide in their shelter, created from their basement, to be protected from the bombing.  She did  a lot of illegal things because she did not care what would happen and apparently nothing scared her anymore after what she experienced.  Finally, there was a heart-warming ending to the first part of the book.


4 thoughts on “The persepolis

  1. I agree that Persepolis is very interesting to read. I love how she starts the story out when she was younger and actually almost grow up with her in the story.I like how the author goes into so much detail through her childhood and explains who is in her family and what the purpose of them were in the story. The author made it really easy to understand how the war really affected where they lived throughout the years and how much suffering went on. I also agree when you say that she tells everything positive and negative throughout her story. She doesn’t just mention the bad throughout the story but how the war did affect her way of living but how there also were some good moments in her childhood. Also, i thought the ending of the first book was very heartwarming as well and made an excellent ending to it.

  2. I agree, Persepolis is very interesting. Once I opened the book it was hard for me to put it down. I realized later into the comic that the author was the person in the story. It was interesting to see life during the Islamic Revolution through the eyes of the little girl. I learned quite a bit about the Revolution and the story sort of reminded me of the story about Anne Frank; the jewish girl during the Holocaust. The little girl had a very interesting life with lots of action. She had family and friends of the family visit constantly and they told their stories. The comic seemed to be very graphic in words. It seems as though the little girl has seen and been through more than the average American adult. I think it is very good that the little girl and her family seemed to remain close knit during those life events.

  3. Persepolis, as a literary work, presents a a fascinating window through which to experience Iranian society. The personal story of a girl living through the 1979 overthrow of the Shah is a powerful narrative that both informs and enlightens the reader as to the internal political a social struggle of a country we as Americans know very little about. The author’s woven story of growing up during a time of immense social upheaval in her home country effectively throws the perceptions of Iran as a single solid mass of people determined to defy and provoke action against Western powers into disarray. In particular, her descriptions of the attitudes and opinions her parents express regarding historical events give a sense of cultural continuity and understanding to the reader that western education has neglected. Since the work is written by an author born prior to the ’79 revolution and educated in westernized schools, there is an interesting duality to her descriptions that effectively translate the Iranian way of thinking and societal norms into a cultural dialogue that is understandable to a foreign reader.

  4. I had no idea how much I enjoyed reading comics until this class. I disagree with several points you made. Starting with the feelings of sadness toward her family. She loved her family very much, especially her uncle Anoosh who would tell her stories about the revolution. Marjane and her family were religious but they had more modern ways about them. This part of the book also has to do with her home country of Iran along with what is happening in school. I think all the illegal activities she found herself in had more to do with finding herself and rebellion as opposed to not being scared. Finally the end of the first half of the book was terribly sad. Even though her family was sending her to Austria for the greater good, there were lots of tears. Marjane’s mother even fainted when dropping her off at the airport. Its hard to see your only child leave without you.

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