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Symbolism in Persepolis

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Naman Agarwal

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Symbolism in Persepolis
What is Symbolism?
Summarising Persepolis...
In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life.

Symbols that
In literature, symbolism is-
An object used to provide meaning to the writing beyond what is essentially being described.
 repetitively using the same object to communicate a deeper meaning or use distinctions of the same object to produce an overarching mood or feeling
used in literature to provide imagery and detail to an object. 
Symbolism can make a story more interesting, and provide intriguing details to the reader.
Just as the American bald eagle is often thought of as the symbol of the United States, symbols used in literature are objects used to represent other things or ideas.

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Western Influence
Pg. 89
The car is upward sloping
as it signifies that the car
is an expensive one.
The left side has tools in the background and Marji is shown in normal clothes which symbolizes a hard working women. The right side shows Marji draped in a veil with an artistic drawing in the background which symbolizes religion and how it might conflict with her ideology.
The Cigarette,” “The Passport,” and “Kim Wilde” are three chapters that explore issues of Western cultural influence in a country whose regime seeks to ban all such influence
Western Influence
Marjane makes her boldest statement of rebellion by smoking a cigarette that she had stolen from her uncle. She equates the smoking of the cigarette as a small act of rebellion
inst her mother and that she has
grown up.
The key in the book Persepolis the false idea of a better life, as fake as the plastic from which they are made.
In the book the main focus is on swan which connotes:
» Personal grace
» Inherent spirituality
»Foresees impending death
Red as blood and gushing from deep in the ground, Vine symbolises life and strength.
It is also the symbol of friendship and love.
Denim jackets have long been associated with youth culture and rebellion.
Here,Clothing also portrays freedom a person has to express himself.
might have gone unnoticed
Western Influence
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Birds (Sparrows)
Flight = freedom
Marji wants freedom, independence
This attitude is evident in her rebellious
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