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Transcript of Persepolis—The Dowry
This is the final chapter of Persepolis and one of the most emotional to Satrapi as well as the reader. The first page displays her ever-present sense of rebellion against the Islamic regime, and forms of authority in general; however, she is halted by the reality of the rebel situation in the regime by her mother. After lots of apparent thinking, her parents decide she is not safe in Iran, they decide to send her off to Europe (Austria) to further her studies. The book ultimately concludes with her departure at the airport.
Page 144 portrays Satrapi at school (religion class). There, she “tells off” the teacher.
People are drawn in black, background in white, colour contrast is visible.
The islamic regime shows off an exterior of enlightenment (white background), goodness, innocence, purity and virginity (as evidenced by the lesson’s false pretenses).
However, they’re actually cloaked in black (black clothing on teacher and students), representing themes of power, fear, death, evil, and mystery (as evidenced by Satrapi shedding light on the teacher’s lies).
If the classroom is the regime, then the teacher dressed in black represents the leaders.
Children are dressed in black because they have been conditionned by the regime to do and accept what they are told.
Portrays Satrapi at home, her father receiving a call from the principal of the school, explaining Satrapi's behaviour in class
Satrapi’s mother tells her about the girl at Khosro’s house (the man who made passports) who was to be executed. However, it was against the law to kill a virgin, so she was forced to marry the guardian of the revolution, who took her virginity before executing her.
A polar opposite of pg. 144 in terms of colour, message, sincerity, and influence on Satrapi
The islamic regime (who has more power in literal terms than her home at this point) shrouds any aspect of the world that doesn’t agree with their ideologies (such as the ideologies in Satrapi’s household) and shows them in black
However, the character and beliefs of the parents remains immune to the corrupted and bigoted regime, and they stand as the light of truth and reason in her eyes. She is also very influenced by them, and is said to have inherited her uncle’s steadfastness about standing up for his beliefs
Last frame: father’s face is black, reflecting his sorrow, not only for his daughter’s departure and knowing he won’t see her for a long time, but also his wife having fainted.
Satrapi’s mother’s face is drawn in white – she is pale, and couldn’t handle the pain of letting her daughter go. Her pain and suffering has fallen onto Satrapi’s father, who has to carry her (literally and emotionally).
Father’s face looks the most in distressed it has ever been in the entire book, indicating the burdens of his wife and daughter that he has to bear.
The parents are with Satrapi at the airport as she leaves for Austria.
Satrapi is visibly distraught at the idea of leaving her parents and her past life behind in Iran.
She turns around one last time, only to see her father carrying her fainted mother away from the airport.
Angles/Shots + Graphic Elements
Angles and Shots
Usually medium shot or long shot
Used to easily display character's interactions with each other
"Camera" is always face-to-face or eye level with the character: helps show the reader both parties' facial expressions, and the emotions they convey through them
Large background contrast in terms of hue, colour, and clothing
Page 153 shows minimal diaglogue to emphasize the characters' sense of foreboding (for Marjane, it was leaving her home. For her parents, it was leaving their daughter)
Themes and Title
Coming of Age
A payment made by the husband to the wife, given to her family in case of wife's death
What a wife is worth
For an innocent virgin, the price is 500 tumans ($5.00)
Shows how much (or how little) value was put on a human life