In the graphic novel, Persepolis, the author, Marjane Satrapi, uses language and social relations to achieve understanding of society. Marjane uses a child point-of-view to relay her story. As Marjane grows up she sees the difference between people who follow the new regime and the old regime. The period was during the Iranian Revolution. The revolution lasted just about a year, from January 1978 to February 1979.
In Persepolis, a bildungsroman genre graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, the main character experienced many events that made her become fully grown up in Iran, yet the turning point was her life in Vienna. A bildungsroman is a novel that describes the process in which the character grows from child to adult, which he or she has a reason to start a journey while the coming of age is difficult, suffering, uncomfortable, and long. There are many particular events where Marjane has many difficulties on the process of maturity. When Marjane is still a child in Iran, terrible historical events happened around her and formed her to become more mature. Although they made her become a mature child, the real part of her life that changed her were her days in Vienna where she really understood the cruelty of the outside world and herself.
You are watching the news and suddenly a terrible tragedy comes on. Yet again, it’s word from the middle east, reporting that innocent lives have been lost or persecuted at the hands of extremists. You shake your head in confusion. How can people be capable of such terrible things? You ask yourself.
What is something that every single human on Earth has in common? Very few things can be put into this rare category, but perspective can. A person’s perspective influences how they view almost everything. For example, it influences their religion, their political opinions, the way they raise their children, and many more areas of life. A specific instance of this is shown in Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical book Persepolis.
Have you ever wondered why girls and women in the Middle East are obliged to cover their heads wearing a black veil? Have you ever wondered why the Shah of Iran was executed? You can find the answers to these questions in the book entitled Persepolis. A nine-year-old, rebellious Marjane lives in Iran in the 1980s during the Islamic Revolution when the new Islamic governmental law forced all young girls to wear a veil and to move to female schools. Her parents and extended family fought against the new Islamic regime, but after four years, fearing for their daughter’s safety they sent her to Austria alone.
Have you ever felt a personal connection with a character from a book? The most important feature about an autobiography is the connection you make with the author. In the novel Persepolis, the themes of gender roles, loss of innocence, and social classes create an effective personal connection to Marjane Satrapi’s experience. At the beginning of the book, Marjane is young, around ten, and hasn’t had many life experiences. She has grown up by the end of the book, and has encountered lots of life’s challenges.
Have you ever experienced anything that made you grow up faster than you should have? Have you ever been forced to do something that changed the way you live and think? Or have you ever tried to hide something you strongly believed in because other people 's perspective about you might change? This happens a lot in today 's society, but it also happened to Marjane Satrapi. Marjane tells her story through her novel, Persepolis, and it helps show how things in the world can drastically change someone’s perspective.
Persepolis: The coming of age Persepolis was created by Marjane Satrapi to explain the details of her life. She had many events that occurred over time throughout the younger years of her life which she wrote in the form of a graphic novel. One of the most important things that took place in her life was her experience and how it helped her to grow faster mentally. Many events contributed to her mental growth as most of them she describes come from the war. Out of the many contributions one has a larger explanation.
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.
One concept that can be compared between the novels we have read so far this semester, The White Tiger and Persepolis is education. The role that education plays in both novels shows a lot about the societies of the time they took place along with the characters. To begin, in The White Tiger, Balram isn’t given the opportunity to gain an education because he needs to begin working to help his cousin. Balram gains intelligence by learning how to make his way through life while not having the book-smarts that society requires one to have to be considered intelligent. Balram manages to find a way to obtain a license, and slowly moves his way up in the cab industry going from driving a small car to a luxury one.