Persepolis Theme Of Identity Essay

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Identity is the distinguishing character or personality of an individual. Identity is evidently a concern for both protagonist Karim in The Buddha of Suburbia and Marji in the film Persepolis. Hanif Kureishi’s novel, The Buddha of Suburbia, portrays Karim Amir as a young teenager who is constantly trying to find himself. In Persepolis, director Marjane Satrapi tells her own story, living with idealistic family in 1970’s Iran, and the troubles of being a young woman. Both the novel and film represent the occurring coming of age theme. However, in order to come to age, one must find their identity, and once they do, a resolution is made.
In The Buddha of Suburbia, Karim is faced with several conflicts. Karim is portrayed as a confused 17 year old boy. He lives with his father Haroon, an Indian, and his mother Margaret, who is English. He also has a younger brother named Allie. Being born into a family with two distinct ethnicities constantly makes Karim feel different and self-conscious. The first sentence of the novel, exemplifies Karim’s insecurity towards his identity and belonging: “I am an Englishman born and bred, almost” (3).
Karim’s father, Haroon, is invested in meditation, Indian culture, and fitness. While Karim’s mother, Margaret is essentially the opposite; a pale overweight woman. This is a
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