In this text, the author exposes the principal character (Marji) as a girl that is affected by the 1980’s revolution that happened in Iran, and how this situation affected her identity search. Marji started to have critical experiences, when all the revolution began to take place, that’s why this character represent children
“Persepolis: The Story of A Childhood” by Marjane Satrapi The novel “Persepolis” shows many life changes during the Islamic Revolution told through the eyes of a young girl. “Persepolis” was based on Satrapi’s childhood experience in Iran. Throughout the span of the 1970’s to the early 1980’s, Satrapi experiences many changes in her life, not only with the government, or her education, but also with herself. Although she witnessed many violent acts right in front of her eyes, these experiences helped Marji (Satrapi) grow as a young girl. Soon after the revolution, Iran became one bundle of chaos as the country began experiencing internal difficulties with the new republic.
Coming of age can be a difficult part of the journey of one’s life, but it may prove to be essential to understanding the world in which one lives, even if it evokes a sense of loss of innocence. In Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir Persepolis: A Story of a Childhood, Satrapi describes the story of her childhood and the various events that contribute to her coming of age journey. The journey of the main character, Marji, reveals what it is like to grow up bombarded by war and the effects that this has on both her innocence and knowledge as a child. In the beginning of Persepolis: A Story of a Childhood, Satrapi conveys that Marji has a yearning for knowledge to better understand the world she lives. The readers first see this when Marji the character realizes that she does not understand anything in the conversation amongst her parents and grandmother in the previous panels (32, 8).
Her suicide attempts come into play at this point, and you realize how badly oppression and identity struggles can affect a person. Throughout Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi clearly links her identity struggles and oppression to her suicide attempts and ongoing depression. As Satrapi slowly starts to fall into this depression, many facets of her life are changed in horrific ways. Her relationship with her grandmother quickly goes down the drain, and her friends hated who she was becoming. Along with her friends, her therapist even begins to be a cause of her diminishing self-confidence.
In the graphic novel, Iran, Marjane’s home, is being imperialized by Iraq. While this is happening, none of the people in Iran are fully aware of how to react because the country didn’t have a leader at the time. Marjane had to experience this imperialism during her teenage years and it played a large role in her perspective. To demonstrate this in the book, it says, “‘God did not choose the king.’[said Marjane’s father] ‘He did so! It’s written on the first page of our schoolbook’ [said Marjane]” (Satrapi 19).
Protesters took to the streets protesting against the government, and this practically meant violence was an everyday occurrence in her lifetime. She suffered discrimination and harsh laws that were aimed at demoting the status of women in the society. Unlike in her younger years prior to 1980 when Marji lived freely and expressed herself without fear, the introduction of Islamic laws marked the beginning of the dark days in her life. The sight of violence and abuse of human rights was not
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
She learned through books.”“to enlighten me they bought me books” (pg 12).Slowly as Marjane evolves, her perspective on the revolution evolves.And by the end of the book, Marjane turns into a politically aware person,who understands why conflict is breaking out. In conclusion,Marjane Satrapi’s perspective was changed by the Social classes,her religion and her political and social awareness.Marjane was also influenced by outside influences. Such as
This makes the girl no longer innocent, nor a child. Not only is this idea shown in the photograph, but also throughout Marjane’s story. At the beginning of Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi is the age of ten years old. Marjane was so unknowing about the world around her and the situations she was experiencing that she was almost oblivious. She explains this when she is forced to wear the veil with all of the other girls at her school.
I had never been disciplined by my father and I realized then that I had to control my behaviour and show respect to all around me. After that, I never created any tension with him. He never had any conflict with anyone in the house. My Mamaji was the one who pulled us out of our weakened state of existence and guided us through our lives, till we initiated our careers. He was a very gentle, considerate and lovable