This was a few years before the revolution”(6). This represents the fact that a little time before the revolution Marji was more focused on her religious happenings and the care for others. She wanted more for the lower social class but wanted to be the reason for their upbringing, so
When God is present Marji is undoubtful that everything is alright. Marji 's faith begins strong and as a part of her daily life, but as time passes and the war begins, her faith deteriorates, and God 's presence is soon lost. Once God is gone it represents Marji beginning to doubt herself and her religion, along with her future and everything she has been told. God is developed across Persepolis in a number of ways. In the beginning God appears only to Marji at night.
Marjane also comes to a realization about the difference in social classes for her maid, Mehri. She thinks about a time when Mehri had fallen in love, but because their social classes were very different, Marjane’s father steps in the way and stops the romance between the two. Marjane gets frustrated at her father's decisions and ask him why their love was impossible, her father replies, “ Because in this country you must stay within your own social class.” (Satrapi 37). Marjane's perspective on social classes affects her perspective of the revolution. She believes that social classes was simply the reason for the revolution in the beginning.
Marjane comes of age in Persepolis by learning from her family, coming to terms with her religion, and disregarding the oppressive regime. To begin with, Marji obtains many of her opinions and views from her family, and she comes of age by following them. She looks up to her parents, her Uncle Anoosh, and her grandmother and often seeks them out for guidance. During the Iranian Revolution, Marji always wants to go with her parents to demonstrate. At first, demonstrating in the garden satisfies her enough.
The theme of nationalism in Persepolis is shown through the people who blindly follow the fundamentalists off the cliff of nationalism, or at least that is how Marjane tells us it happened. Marjane’s account is called into question because although we know how the islamic revolution affected
Right from the start, Marji introduces the Islamic Revolution of Iran which took place in 1979. In the opening page we have the theme of religion presented. This portrays the image that it will be a complex area of the book and this is perceived because it uses the image of several men and women protesting against something or someone which later on we will get to know will establish a cultural change as well as a religion clash because of the different beliefs to the regimen. As Marji is just a child, you do not expect her to know much about
Often times it is a difficult task to tell the difference between what constitutes as right and wrong. Being able to differentiate this for oneself encourages one to create their own system of principals. In the autobiographical graphic novel, Persepolis, the author, Marjane Satrapi, writes of her and her family's experience with the economical and political changes to her society that came with the movement of the Iranian Revolution. Her use of the visual motif of exclusively using black and white colors in her illustrations and the literary motif of people rebelling against their government conveys a clear central idea that differentiating between good and bad and right and wrong, as well as establishing your own set of values is crucial
The main character’s courage to break the gender roles of her time first reveals itself when she kills a vagrant attacker. After her kill, Mariko recalls how she has used one of the seven principles of bushidō: “She’d fought off her assailant. And in doing so, she’d displayed one of the seven virtues of bushidō: Courage. The way of the warrior” (Ahdieh 38). The kill itself is a large step
The graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is an animated ‘identity crisis’ showing how she has trouble reconciling the Eastern and Western values that she has been influenced by. By ‘identity crisis’ I mean Marjane is uncertain about who she is and where she belongs to. The Eastern values would include hierarchy, restraint, collectivism and deference, whereas the Western values would include equality, freedom of expression, individualism and self-assertion. A graphic novel can be defined as a book containing a long story told mostly in pictures but with some writing. I intend to investigate why Satrapi has chosen to use the graphic novel instead of using other styles to present Marjane attempts to reconcile the different values and find
With the Islamic revolution the Satrapi family started to lose friends, who mysteriously disappeared. Neighbors and relatives flee as they can (the country closes its borders in 1981). Another example of Marji´s young point of view retreated in Persepolis is that, when one of her closest male friend is moving out of Iran Marji feels sad and lonely, because she realized she liked him. Intelligent and outgoing, Marjane can even despite the prohibitions, and discover the punk culture, walking with denim jacket and shoes in the street, Marji even led to a questioning of a patrol of pro-revolution ladies. But when the uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the war with Iraq, the fear begins to take shape.