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Persepolis

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on 25 September 2013

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Transcript of Persepolis

In the first panel, angle and distance of framing contrasts the authority of Iranian government with the insignificance of the citizens who are easily swayed/manipulated
The Cigarette
Final Image of Chapter
shows her resolve to grow
shows her effort to become more mature due to war
shows that though she and her people are not yet free, they will keep on fighting
losing her innocence
is she really an "adult"?
Persepol s
By: Marjane Satrapi
Scene to scene transitions display different images thought of by Marjane when thinking of the war which displays different methods of participating in/reacting to the war
Crosscutting is also used to illustrate the war for us as Marjane narrates it
Long shot, Bird's Eye View on the Citizens
vs.
Government's Hand in the Foreground
Different Scenes of the War

Emphasizing the Impact of War
In our pages, Marjane narrates to us how the war is going. We learn that it is only getting worse as the Iranian government rejects Iraq's proposal to settle hostilities in order to stay in/gain power. The main focus of our pages however, are the influences (the war, the social protests in response) on the growing Marjane which leads her to start her own personal rebellions (smoking the cigarette, skipping class) and gain a sense of independence. We get the message that Marjane has to grow up/mature quickly as a result of everything that's going on around her.
The left panel in the middle tier on page 115 uses word-image juxtaposition by showing Marjane's descent into her basement, or darkness (literally, since the background is black), while describing the worsening war. The act of descending into the basement/darkness also juxtaposes with the extended war that is only causing more casualties every day.

Satrapi uses a splash page on page 116 with a battle going on right in the middle to emphasize the chaos and destruction brought by war as well as to make the last speech balloon...
... all the more impactful
Martyrs
"To Die a Martyr is to Inject Blood Into the Veins of Society
Outlines that martyrs are those willing to shed blood and sacrifice their lives for the cause of their country
Marjane uses word-image juxtaposition to show a physical representation
Marjane has n w entered into the darkest part of the basement
Page 117
Scene-to-scene used with word-image juxtaposition to describe current state of war
Darkest part of basement = darkest part of war or darkest time for country
Basement background= black to represent darkness
Black background of basement contrasts white background of war scenes to differentiate the two
Action-to-action is used to add effect
Narration through speaking is used instead of captions to emphasize Marjane's understanding and opinion on the war
symbolizes the start of gradual passage to adulthood
first sign of independence
connects to acts of rebellion seen throughout chapter
At one point, Marjane calls her mother " guardian of the revolution"
by Laura Nguyen
and
Ashley Le
Are they really heroes?
Overall...
Beginning of growth in Marjane (in contrast, still shows her innocence)
Increased awareness of war
Cigarette: compared to independence and rebellion of people of Iran
The definition of a "hero"
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