Marjane Satrapi’s perspective as a child is different from when she gets older because of her loss of innocence, her political and social awareness, and her views on religion. At the beginning of Persepolis, Marjane is only ten years old. She gains age as the Iran-Iraq War is taking place. By the end of the story, she is fourteen years of age. Throughout the horrific chain of events that take place over Marjane’s story, her perspective changes drastically.
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
“Win or lose, good or bad, the experience will change you,” says Richelle E. Goodrich. This directly relates to the character Catherine, in the book Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman. Catherine’s experiences led to her discovery of the need for change. Catherine gradually becomes more thoughtful, mature, and reflective as she has experiences like meeting Jews and the king’s cousin, or even just writing in her journal, that motivated her to change. Writing in her journal led Catherine to the discovery of the need for change.
Incompatible Interracial relationships are difficult to maintain in the United States because of differences in cultural upbringing as well as racism and xenophobia. The book The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan focuses on four Chinese mothers who describe their past hardships and adjustment to the United States as well as their relationships with their American born daughters. The mothers try to save their children from experiencing the same things that they have been through. In the book, there are a few interracial couples such as Rose Hsu and Ted, Waverly Jong and Rich, and Ying Ying St.Clair and her husband Clifford. They all have trouble loving and understanding each other.
Have you ever heard two people having a discussion about a topic, but they have different opinions? Acknowledging the fact that people could have different opinions based on their own perspectives is very important. In Persepolis, Marjane writes as her 10 year old self, sharing what she experienced in Iran, while they were in the middle of a revolution. Throughout the book, she gets older and her perspective changes multiple times over several different topics. Marjane Satrapi’s perspective affects her presentation of imperialism, religion and loss of innocence.For instance, this image represents imperialism in a very unique way (Wikimedia, Fig.
For example, nationalism gives people the courage to stand up for their country, as Marjane’s family did during the war. Additionally, social classes prevent the bond between certain people for no other reason but the poverty or wealth they were born into. This compares to how Marjane’s maid couldn’t possibly fall in love with her neighbor, as they were of different classes. Furthermore, the loss of innocence is a deep concept that became personal for Marjane at an early age. With an unstable government and constant war and loss, Marjane’s innocence was stolen from her early on.
Lastly, in both texts, the narrators have completely different views than their parents, and because of these disagreements, the narrator feels completely neglected by their parents, further fortifying any tension that had been there initially. Therefore, in Diana Lopez’s novel, Confetti Girl and Jennifer Cervantes’ novel, Tortilla Sun, the narrators have different points of view than that of their parents, causing tension when the narrator disagrees with her Father in not liking English, when Izzy claims that going to New Mexico is more of an opportunity for her Mother than for her, while her mother believes different, and when the two narrators both feel neglected by their parents because they have such different views than
The Characterization of Lane Dean Jr. David Foster Wallance’s short story, “Good People”, portrays the main characters issues while pondering the difficulties of spirituality during an emotional event. The main character, Lane Dean Jr. and his girlfriend are faced with a life changing decision: whether to abort the child Sheri is pregnant with or raise the child. Throughout this decision, Dean is faced with many psychological and spiritual dilemmas. While the couple originally decides to have an abortion, Sheri becomes unsure of the decision. While the pace of the story is slow, it emphasizes the emotional distress that both Dean and Sheri are going through.
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.
I ached inside. Like the feeling you get watching a lost balloon float far into the sky until it becomes an invisible nothing.”, Izzy now thinks that her mother is being selfish by not letting her go, but her mother sees it as an opportunity. And now, compared to the first quote, the tension has increased, as now Izzy has actually run into her room. So, the tension is added when Izzy and her mother have different viewpoints about weather Izzy should come with her (Izzy’s mother) or not turn into