Marjane tells her story through her novel, Persepolis, and it helps show how things in the world can drastically change someone’s perspective. The imperialism that took place in Marjane’s country, the religion that Marjane strongly believed in, and Marjane’s loss of innocence while she was very young, all affected her perspective throughout the graphic novel, Persepolis. As a demonstration
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is a graphic memoir that reveals the life of a woman growing up in pre-revolution and post-revolution Iran, as well as her experiences in Western countries. In this book, Marjane recalls and highlights historical events that affect her life during her upbringing in Iran. These include the oppression of the Shah, along with the rise and effects of the regime. These events are integrated into Persepolis in order to showcase their effects on Marjane and the other citizens of her country. These events’ inclusion are important due to the context and understanding that they grant readers unfamiliar with the text.
Her suicide attempts come into play at this point, and you realize how badly oppression and identity struggles can affect a person. Throughout Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi clearly links her identity struggles and oppression to her suicide attempts and ongoing depression. As Satrapi slowly starts to fall into this depression, many facets of her life are changed in horrific ways. Her relationship with her grandmother quickly goes down the drain, and her friends hated who she was becoming. Along with her friends, her therapist even begins to be a cause of her diminishing self-confidence.
The twentieth century holds abundant enormous alterations within several aspects of life; graphic novels as a branch of literature are a part of these changes. It employs visual and verbal terminology to shape the story. One of the prominent novels in the twenty first century is Persepolis which is a story about Marjane Satrapi's childhood life (the writer of the novel) in Tehran. The graphical and textual narrative of the book provides many events including removing Reza Shah from power and replacing him by his son, ending western power over Iran, and fighting between Iran and Iraq which arose during 1979 – 1988. During these years Iranian people have gone through plenty of fluctuations and changes which are analyzed in numerous ways by
The authors incorporation of a child’s perspective, her relationship with God, and the use of a graphic novel are just a few of the ways in which the subject of Persepolis appeals to readers. In regards to an issue as conflicting and controversial as the Iranian Revolution, Marjane Satrapi uses many different stylistic techniques to help readers better appreciate her plight. Persepolis is told through the eyes of a child who has a desire to understand her world. The Iranian Revolution had just begun to spread and grow by the time Marjane Satrapi was born. The Revolution stemmed from the overthrowing of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi
Visual rhetoric is used as a tool to communicate and show the audience another way into the story and is used by many different authors. Like one particular author, Marjane Satrapi, who is an Iranian artist and writer; only child to an engineer and clothes designer. Satrapi grew up during the Iranian Revolution of 1979, when Iraq invaded Iran. Because of Satrapi's expierence she focused on letting the world know of her insight of what she had lived, and that is where her very successful book Persepolis came to be. Her specific use of visual rhetoric made the graphic novel more attractive to the reader's eyes.
People are like cameras and their personal experiences can be their lenses that change and modify the actual picture. This evident in Marjane Satrapi’s book Persepolis because the whole book is about a girl growing up, and forming her own opinions. Furthermore, Marjane has to mature in the turmoil of an Iranian-Iraqi war, she also has to survive the brutal Islamic regime governing her. This creates a very particular point of view considering that the parents raising Marjane are against the new form of government, and actively protest, risking their lives. As a result, this rubs off on her creating a very rebellious and dauntless little girl, who isn’t afraid of the new oppressors.
With this realization, it became hard to swallow the truth that many people, including Satrapi, have and are still struggling to have the lifestyles that we take for granted. So many of them that deserve better are living in harsh conditions and only some can find their own hope and escape. “Persepolis” was a powerful animation that both artistically and historically shows that life is much harder than what most tales present. That for many, their lives are conflicts that are sometimes out of their control. However, as it was beautifully animated and skillfully created, the story of “Persepolis” is a unique story of how a girl lived through a hard time that brings us to see that life is always an interesting
Once more,this shows that she is very conflicted about her religion. Additionally,later in the book,marjane has a falling out with her god. After this, she lets other cultural influences take a hold on her perspective.Lastly, Marjane’s political and social awareness also influences her perspective.Thus,making her perspective influenced by her age difference. This photo of the butterfly cycle shows the caterpillar evolution into a grown butterfly.Where it connects to Persepolis by showing that at the beginning of the book Marjane is young and not completely aware of what is going on in Iran.Gradually in the story, Marjane evolves and learns to understand what state her country really is in. She learned through books.”“to enlighten me they bought me books” (pg 12).Slowly as Marjane evolves, her perspective on the revolution evolves.And by the end of the book, Marjane turns into a politically aware person,who understands why conflict is breaking out.
This makes the girl no longer innocent, nor a child. Not only is this idea shown in the photograph, but also throughout Marjane’s story. At the beginning of Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi is the age of ten years old. Marjane was so unknowing about the world around her and the situations she was experiencing that she was almost oblivious. She explains this when she is forced to wear the veil with all of the other girls at her school.