Visual Autobiography Of Persepolis

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The Visual and the Written in Persepolis An autobiography usually has a purpose as to why it was written, either to try and fight or change something, like in Fredrick Douglass ' Narrative of an American Slave, to tell a life story, or show historical and political history through the personal life story and experiences. One way of telling that personal story is through a visual autobiography, not the conventional way, but, in my opinion a much more powerful and engaging way of telling one 's life story. It gives the reader a chance to engage in the personal life story and really sympathize and understand it. In the following paper I will discuss the visual autobiography of Marjane Satrapi- Persepolis. I will show how presenting the life story in a visual manner contributes to a dipper understanding of what the autobiographer tries to convey, and how it helps to empathize with the autobiographer. Furthermore, I will try to show how the illustrated autobiography emphasizes the political and social story that Satrapi shares with the reader. Graphic autobiographies are a fairly new genre, and it is a very attractive one. There is a famous saying that "a picture is worth a thousand words", and in did that is the case, sometimes in Satrapi 's autobiography there is simply an image and from that image one can absorb so much information, much more than from any ordinarily written words. As Whitlock points out in his article "The Seeing "I" of the Comics": Cartoon drawing is, to
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