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Historical The graphic novel, "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi, includes many examples of the literary theory author historical. An example of author historical is when Satrapi says in the novel, "At one of the demonstrations, a German journalist took a photo of my mother... her photo was published in all the European newspapers... even one magazine in Iran... mother was really scared... she dyed her hair... wore dark sunglasses for a long time" (5) This quote is an example of author historical because this specifically happened in Satrapi's life. She used this memory to show readers how serious the protesting in Iran could get. When Marjane and her family were on their way home from a party with alcohol (which at the time was illegal to have or consume), they were stopped by a soldier who demanded to search their home for any alcohol. If Marjane's father had been caught with alcohol, he could've been imprisoned or sentenced to death. Satrapi used this example to show the extremist tendencies of the fundamentalists (108-110). Detail -Satrapi uses detail to enhance the readers understanding
of the text. -For example Satrapi's grandmother gives her a detailed
account of when she was younger, saying, " Oh, yes. So poor that we only had bread to eat. I was so ashamed that I pretend to cook so that the neighbors wouldn't notice anything"(26). This gives the readers more insight on how everything changed for some people when the Shah took over. -Another example is when Satrapi's father explains to her that Mehri and Hossein's love would never work out "because in this country you must stay within your own social class"(37). This detail enhances our knowledge if we previously did not know this before. Figurative Language -The figurative language use by Marjane Satrapi creates an emotional and also an exaggerated tone. -For example, Anoosh uses a cliche towards Satrapi telling her she is the "star of" his "life"(69) in the prison where they both last see each other. This creates a heart wrenching feeling because the reader knows that it would be the last time they see each other without it having to be stated in the novel. -Satrapi also uses a hyperbole when she finds out of Anoosh's execution. She says "and so I was lost, without any bearings"(71). She exaggerates his death as if it was the end of the world. This shows the reader that Anoosh was very important to her. Tone -Sapatri uses tone to keep the reader interested in the graphic novel, by using humor but also keeping it serious at times so the reader can be informed. -For example Sapatri creates a humorous tone when the widow of the the dead man cries out, "The king is a killer!"(32) when he actually died of cancer. -Another example is when Satrapi is explaining the the conflagration in the move theater. "BBC said there were 400 victims...the people knew it was that Shah's fault"(15). This
created a serious tone which captivates readers and makes them want to read more. Gender -In "The Veil", as a young female, Marjane and her friends "didn't really like to wear the veil, especially since we didn't understand why we had to do it"(3). At this time, they were confused and uncomfortable, but they still did what they were told. -As women, they had the right to protest, so "Everywhere in the streets there were demonstrations for and against the veil"(5).
The older women could do more about the veil then the children did. -As for the men, they were not as impacted by the veil as than then women were. They did not care as much and would not know how it felt to have a veil on throughout the day.