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Transcript of Persepolis

By Marjane Satrapi Persepolis Setting Style Major Characters In Short... Born November 22, 1969, in Rasht, Iran
Grew up in Tehran, Iran Marjane Satrapi Mr. and Mrs. Satrapi Marjane's Grandmother Uncle Anoosh Mehri God About The Author Purpose and Tone Islamic Revolution 1979 Rising Action As a young child Marjane wanted to become a prophet to help the poor and the old.
She did not understand much about the political situation of Iran, but wanted to.
She laughed at jokes that she didn't understand.
When she realized how much she didn't know, she turned to books. People begin to understand what rule under fundamentalist Iranians is actually like.
Schools are shut down, women are forced to surrender their rights as citizens, and millions of people are killed for opposing the terrorism. Exposition Loss of Innocence Climax Marjane's parents eventually decide it will be better for her to continue her studies in Austria, safe from the turmoil gripping their country. Falling Action Years following the Islamic Revolution of 1979 Covers main character's Coming of Age Revealed through flashback
Brings fundamentalist Iranians into power
Significantly influences events in the remainder of the story Obtained a Masters Degree in Visual Communication from Islamic Azad University in Tehran
In addition to Persian, speaks French, English, Swedish German and Italian
Other notable works include Embroideries and Chicken with Plums Very Impressionable She attempts to Justify The Actions of Others Extremely Rebellious Intensely Passionate Or at least understand Which ultimately defines
the way she sees
the world What most people think about graphics novels... Narrative Voice Frame Story The End Graphic Text Gives no justice to the true genius of the art form Chronicle her childhood and upbringing
Inform her readers of conflict occurring in Iran, though in a highly subjective way Humorous tone
Usually informative
Morbid at times Funny pictures that tell an entertaining story I hope you enjoyed this presentation, and that you too may experience the impact of this phenomenal novel sometime in the near future. Worried about status of their country
Risk takers
Caring and affectionate A source of comfort for Marjane She told many stories that shaped the way Marjane preceived life Very Close to Marjane in the short time they knew each other Was a political prisoner on several occasions, automatically making him Marjane's hero Satrapi family maid, with whom Marjane developed a close bond Complied to the demands of Marjane, which got them into trouble. She was uneducated and unable to read or write Especially towards the beginning of the memoir, Majane' faith in God is unwavering. Her young childhood fantasy of God's dedication to her stops suddenly after she witnesses violence, hate, death and devastation The Bomb Marjane's very own block is hit by a bomb while she is out. She rushes home with the dreadful realization that her family might have been hurt during the attack. In an act of rebellion against her mother Marjane smokes a cigarette. She relates her action to the need for people to stand up to oppressive regimes. The novel ends with the promise of more to come, considering Marjane's new place of residence will be in Europe.
Additionally, something of a cliffhanger ends the novel, only answerable by a second installment. Alongside the dialogue of the comic strips is a more mature voice. It reveals background information, in addition to further commentary on a particular theme or idea Footnotes are provided including important details that would seem out of place or unnecessary within the comic itself: the money conversion of 500 Tumans to five U.S dollars. Main story consists of Marjane growing up and maturing At other times, stories are used to explain politics to Marjane (and the reader) Theses stories are told by Uncle Anoosh, Grandma, and Mr. and Mrs. Satrapi. They are designed to teach politics and other difficult concepts, but in an way understandable to a child. The novel is written in a minimalist style: black and white with only six to eight frames per page. This reflects a childlike understanding of the world The black and white also represents the oppression faced by the people of Iran, being that they were not allowed to do anything considered "fun," essentially taking all the color out of life. Heavy Themes Difference in Class Gender Roles Faith With fundamentalists now in charge, women are greatly oppressed.
They must wear veils to abide by the religious code of Islam, with very little leniency.
Girls and boys are separated in the classroom. Men also have their share of issues Forced to wear beards and mustaches without shaving.
Young boys, starting at the age of 13, are sent to fight in the Iran-Iraq war. Marjane doesn't understand how her father drives a Cadillac while there are people who are starving and poor.

Their maid, Mahri, was given to the Satrapi's because her own family could not afford to take care of her.

Mahri fell in love with a neighbor, whom she wrote letters to through Marjane. When the boy found out that Mahri belonged to a lower class than him, he stopped talking to her. In the beginning of the novel Marjane was very religious.
She seemed to talk to god often and confide in him

A break in her faith occurs because of all of the violence and conflict she witnesses.
She must not believe that god would allow such things to happen if he really existed.
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