Assimilation And Loss Of Self Identity In Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

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Chew Jian Heng
Mr. Mark Auger
ENG4U
26 March 2015
Assimilation and Lost of Self Identity in Persepolis
By: Chew Jian Heng
What makes up of one’s self identity and individuality? At any given moment on Earth, any individual can have the same traits but what truly differentiates men from one another is the unique set of personality that one possess; contributing to each’s individuality. While a handful of individuals are able to stay true to themselves, the rest may happen to be victims of identity generalization and assimilation due to various factors such as religion, and peer pressure. In Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis, her individuality has been gradually stripped off of her as she progresses on in life and this can be seen evidently through her relationship with her friends, her love interests and the region in which she lived in.
Friends are one of the most important aspects to life as they are able to act as the required psychological pillar of support. It is significant to have friends that cherish each other’s company and presence. However, friends should not be the cause that forces one to succumb to peer pressure as this course of action could eventually lead to the loss of self-identity. This scenario is highly relatable to Marjane’s experiences when she is studying abroad in Austria. An example would be the time when Marjane feels out of tune and disconnected with her friends during the discussions of political figures. Marjane comes up with a

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