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Transcript of Persepolis

Graphic Interpretation Project
By: Gabriela Rivero, Sebastian Cervantes and Sumin Lee
Chapter Review:
Readers Response:
Speech Balloon
and Figures:

Graphic Weight:

Personal Response:
This speech balloon catches the readers' eyes because of its outline.
Having a speech balloon that is portrayed like an explosion makes readers know that the speaker is shouting.
The figures are looking at each other, and the face of Marjane shows her anger.
The chapter ''The Sheep'', starts with Marjane saying that 99.99% of the population voted for the Islamic Republic. As the Islamic Revolution takes power, many family friends flee to the US. Marjane comes from school and realizes that Anoosh was gone, her parents tell her that he left in a hurry, later on, they tell her that he was arrested. Anoosh being held in jail, he is only allowed to see one person and he wants to see Marjane. He gives her a Swan made of bread. Later on, Anoosh is executed, and because of this, Marjane banishes God from her life. At the end of the chapter, Marjane had to run to the basement because they were being bombed.

Throughout Persepolis, Marjane uses different speech balloons. In the chapter ''The Sheep'' Marjane illustrates the speech balloons as a ''scream balloon'' making the audience know that the figures are actually screaming. Marjane also changes the lettering to a bigger and bolder font than normal.
After her Uncle Anoosh died, Marjane lost her faith
towards God. Sadness and anger made her to deny her belief.The readers can know that she's lost and she's blaming others to wash away her sadness. I think it's her way to escape from reality, to have less pain. It shows how selfish she is.
There's no caption in this panel, because it's not necessary. We can get all the information from the speech balloons and the posture of the figures.
The figure, Marjane, is floating in negative space, with a lot of graphic weight. Bringing to our attention that Marjane's mind is actually in another place.
In this panel, the background is black and only the figures are white. The graphic weight of this panel shows how angry Marjane is.
The background color reflects her negative mind, her mind is black as the background.
The caption does not necessarily gives us an explanation, but gives us the right amount for us to know that Marjane was actually ''lost in space'' because of Anoosh's death.
This caption says a very strong message. Marjane ends the chapter very strong and with a dramatic closure by saying ''it was the beginning of the war''.
Graphic Weight:
This panel has graphic weight. This image draws more attention than any of the other panels in the chapter because of the dark shade, and the amount of black creates a more darker tone than other images.
Image from:
Satrapi, Marjane.
Persepolis: The story of a childhood
. Paris: L'Association, 2003. Print
Speech Balloon:
Image from:
Satrapi, Marjane.
Persepolis: The story of a childhood
. Paris: L'Association, 2003. Print
Anoosh's death is public now,
it was published in the newspaper.
Because of this, Marjane is really sad and
she banishes God from her life. On this last
panel, Marjane needs to run to the basement because they are being bombed. It is the start
of the war.
This panel has no frame. This symbolizes that the content of the panel is separate from everything else. This may be that the newspaper is on a table or something but the characters don't pay much attention to it. Also it is a way of expressing what happened without having a character say it or a caption. The author chose to not put a frame around this panel since it makes it stand out more than the other panels.
This caption does not describe what is happening in the panel.
This is a really important iconic figure since it represents the last time that Marjane saw Anoosh. Since there are two of these bread swans, we know that they are really important and a big part of this panel since the figures are portrait next to Anoosh.
Graphic Weight
Most of the panels in this chapter have graphic weight, they are drawn with black backgrounds and the color black stand out more than the white. This panel is the only panel in the whole chapter which has no graphic weight but this makes it stand out more since it's different from every other panel.
Reader Response
For Marjane, everything had started to go downhill, some friends of Marjane left the country to go to the United States, part of her family also left, Mohsen's and Siamak's death and Anoosh's death. Marjane is devastated. Because of the death of Anoosh which is now on the newspaper.
Image from:
Satrapi, Marjane.
Persepolis: The story of a childhood
. Paris: L'Association, 2003. Print
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