Change is one of the only elements in life that will forever remain constant and gradual, yet utterly spontaneous. A time in one’s life that change is prominent is during childhood: ideas are flourishing, creativity is at its peak, and there is often a feeling of invincibility. Unfortunately, as one begins to grow up, there comes a day when all of this will change. For some, that day comes too soon. The graphic novel Persepolis follows one young girl 's journey through this dramatic change in character and mentality. Marjane Satrapi uses a variety of graphic techniques, specifically on pages 61 and 137, to describe the way that Iran’s oppressive environment has forced Marji’s young, optimistic mind to think in a way that is painfully realistic. Throughout the book, Satrapi’s style of drawing is signature and …show more content…
In each panel, this technique can be recognized and related to a larger theme: the way Marji has changed over time. On page 61, Marji is surrounded by darkness, yet the space around her remains light. Her posture and the camera angle both make it seem as if she is oblivious to the darkness around her, and as though she is not aware of what she is heading into. This emphasises that as a child, Marji is oblivious to the world around her: letting her shed an optimistic light. In the later illustration, graphic weight is used to make a different point. Marji is still surrounded by white, but in a way that makes her appear as small, lonely and isolated. Her body language shows fear, as her shoulders are hunched over, and the camera angle makes it look like she is looking downwards. The trees are black and uniform, towering over her. The similarities between the two images allow the contrast pieces to be highlighted, showing the transformation between a brave and hopeful Marji to a fearful new young
Tan uses a dark colour palate to highlight darkness such as the scuba scene where she appears to be stuck in a bottle with only darkness surrounding her. The author illustrates the use of dark blue and green lighting as well as the dull brown lifeless colour to give the reader a strong sense of grief. Throughout the process of the child’s transition of examining the new world, Tan visually applies dark lighting of orange and brown colours, giving the responders a chaotic impression. Throughout the picture book and especially as it draws towards the ending, Tan deliberately utilises short sentences as he symbolically represents common phrases like “nobody understands” and “darkness overcomes you for depression” to alert the reader about the alienation the character is
The village in the painting expresses the peaceful and romantic scene. The light is shining from the viewer direction, and it make the painting look all warm as it is wrapped in a summer feel. Furthermore, the color of the trees in the back of the village, red and orange of the leaves make the Fall theme for the painting. Whereas the top of the painting described the Summer and Fall, at the bottom, the full bush of .., and a redbud tree are the symbols of Spring. The artist combined all the seasons together makes the painting looks lively and vivid.
The imagery used here creates a very calm and serine setting. The sky has a “half-moon” and is “riddled with stars”, while “crickets chirped” and the wind “wafted through the trees”. Amir also says that ground was “cool under his bare feet” (240). All of these descriptions either appeal to the senses of sight, touch, or hearing and these in turn create a vivid picture for the audience to think of. This is a great example of how much imagery can affect
Witnessing a young child’s awareness throughout a complex incident in a step towards maturity is always eye opening; however, observing complete acceptance in youth is exceptional. It is very rare for a child to be fully aware of what is happening during a complicated, or sometimes even scary, situation; let alone to accept the circumstance comprehensively as just a way of living. From the beginning to the end of her novel, Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi shares her childhood in Iran with all readers. Within the pages of this novel, Satrapi expresses that, as a young girl, she was uniquely aware and accepting of the events swirling around her. This telling is portrayed to the reader through the themes of revolution, nationalism, and loss of innocence.
It also illustrates a belief in personal freedom because she is wearing clothes that are frowned upon. In this panel, Satrapi is challenging the negative stereotypes about Iranians by showing that people do still want to be free and not part of the Islamic regime. In the book Persepolis the author shows many reason as to how everyone in Iran didn’t want the Islamic regime. Satrapi challenges stereotypes about Iranians by showing people still want a better life and also by showing Individualism in Marjane.
On of the greatest examples of imagery that Alice Walker uses is the one that compares light and darkness. At the beguining of the story the author mentions delicate and calm setting of a farm. In creating this imagery the reader is able to understand that all the positive and upbeat words are associated with the farm setting. Myop’s light-hearted innocence is also shown when “watching the tiny white bubbles disrupt the thin black scale”. The effective description provides credibility to the environment, and makes the later events all the more shocking,
Persepolis, published completely in October of 2007, is a graphic memoir which encompasses the childhood and adolescence of Marjane Satrapi in Iran during and following the 1979 Islamic Revolution and her teenage years spent in Austria. Satrapi uses her life experiences from living in these two contrasting societies, as portrayed in the graphic memoir, to break the many stereotypes that those reading from a Western perspective may or may not have by showing them women’s roles, Iranian culture, youth culture, and the everyday action of the average citizen of Iran. Throughout the entire book, we see Satrapi constantly rebelling against the rules put in place by the Islamic regime, starting out when she was only ten. We see Satrapi and many of the other girls are using the veil to jump rope with, use as a monster mask, and basically everything but its intended purpose (3 / 5).
During the Islamic Revolution, religion was very important to the fundamentalist Islamic regime that took power over the secular state. In her graphic memoir, Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi, a spiritual young girl, suffers a deep loss of faith due to the oppressive fundamentalist religion in Iran. This loss of faith causes Marji to experience disillusionment and a loss of identity, which greatly shapes her character. Through her experiences with God, Satrapi comments on the difference between spirituality and fundamentalist religion and displays the negative repercussions of an oppressive religious state.
An impenetrable way through perseverance and resistance in the book “Persepolis” has sent a powerful message to audiences everywhere. This graphic novel is a story of small Marji, who had to face formidable obstacles through her childhood. Living in Iran surrounded by war and thousands of deaths, inspired the little girl to fight for her rights. On page 102 of the book, we can see a powerful juxtaposition, where both of the panels have a profound effect on the reader. Looking at the elements of a graphic novel, Satrapi uses caption, movement and mood in both of the panels in order to enhance the significance on the narrative.
The left side of the painting depicts a magnificent view of the cultivated land that falls beneath the dark, uncultured forest, creating the sense of movement from danger to peace. The darker values and unwelcoming atmosphere that surrounds forest enhances this sense of danger (Zygmont). The dark, grey storm clouds and rain falling on the trees create a shadow on the leaves, due to the absence of light they receive. However, as the painting progresses from the left to right, the intensity of light increases. It is implied that the light source comes from the top right corner, creating cast shadows below the mountains and providing light to the lands full of crops.
The role of politics in Marjane Satrapi 's life is a critical one, as seen in her graphic novel Persepolis, which narrates her experiences as a young girl raised by revolutionaries during turbulent times in Iran. Particularly, Satrapi uses juxtaposition between her parents and children to highlight the hypocrisy and myopia of the upper class revolutionaries when it comes to the interpretation and implementation of their political ideology. Satrapi builds the foundation of her criticism through the superficial comprehension her child self exhibits regarding her parents '—and, by extension, upper class communists '—ideals, then warns about the dangers that such lack of understanding presents through child soldiers who are fed ideologies and then sent to war. However, while pointing out the shortcomings of the movement, Satrapi 's use of children as the vessels for comparison entails that there is room for the communist community to develop, like Marji does as she matures from child to teen, and encourage equality through the removal of social barriers created through binaristic thinking to truly promote communist ideals. The first point of juxtaposition is Marji herself, particularly her initial myopic thinking as a child.
The graphic novel, Persepolis that is written by Satrapi depicts the coming of age story of Marjane and her experiences during and after the Iranian war. Through Marjane’s experiences, the character frequently encounters the hardship and conflict of growing up. However, these hardships are major factors that shape Marjane as a character and establish the context of the novel. Within this novel, Satrapi uses graphic novel conventions and literary devices to convey the conflict of Marjane; with herself, with man (in the form of her teachers), and with the society that is revealed in Persepolis.
The novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi follows her life growing up in war-torn Iran. At the end of the book, she is being dropped off by her parents to fly to Europe, where she will be safe. Marji has said he goodbyes, had her suitcase checked, and is about to walk further into the airport when she turns around and watches her parents through the window. Her father is carrying her mother away in his arms. This panel illustrates that war causes an inner-conflict within parents, between the desire for their child’s safety and their desire to be with their child.
“After a long sleep of 2500 years, the revolution has finally awakened the people.” The graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, is a memoir as well as a coming-of-age story that follows a young girl that experiences the triumph of the Islamic revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq, and in the mist of it all has to go through the stage of adolescence. I chose the two panels on page 11, taking into account they demonstrate the themes religion, repression, politics and freedom and confinement, additionally I found the content of the panels immersive since there is an abundance of details applied to them. The importance of the panels to understanding the novel is how the Iranian revolution affected the people and how the