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Persepolis - "The Party"
Transcript of Persepolis - "The Party"
The first panel on this page displays the increasing amount of victims of the Shah's regime. The bodies being stacked in rows and columns draws attention to the immense number of citizens killed during this time. The scene to scene transition leads us to the panel that contains a line of dead people pushing the Shah away. This symbolical image is used to emphasize that the Shah's many crimes against the people of Iran are now the very reason he will soon be forced to leave. These crimes are stacking up against him, and in effect bearing witness to his fall from power. However, in the next panel, the Shah is resisting in pretending he sympathizes with the people's revolt. Then in the following panel, he attempts to hold on to his power as long as possible by saying that a democracy will be set up.
The next page continues with the Shah's attempts to keep his power, as he tests out different people as prime ministers, and provides weak excuses as to why they aren't fit for the position. This stalling for time is emphasized by different periods of time being present in the same panel, in a line, to show the similarity between the Shah's excuses during each period, as well as the fact that this is a show for the people to be fooled into thinking he is fine with losing his power, which he obviously isn't. However, in the next two panels, we see symbols of the Shah's regime being destroyed, as the people aren't fooled by him. Finally, in the last panel, we see the exile of the Shah and his fall from power. The interesting and significant addition to this image is the group of British soldiers who gave the Shah's father his power and for years profited from Iran.
The Shah's Exile
The third page is a splash page that displays the huge celebration after the upstaging of the Shah. The immense joy on every character's face makes clear just how much the Shah was hated by his people. The splash page is also used to draw attention to this hate, as the size of the panel is huge to show that the celebration and joy was huge and felt throughout Iran.
Summary of "The Party"
This chapter concludes the cruel regime of the Shah, shows the country's reaction after his departure, and demonstrates the clash of ideologies among even the young children. The people are revolting against the Shah for his many massacres and despite his attempt at democracy he is driven out. The reaction of the country is one filled with joy and belief that Iran's situation will improve. The parents enjoy temporary peace although Marjane's father points out that peace will not last while there is oil in the Middle East. Meanwhile Satrapi feels the need for revenge against one of her friends, Ramini, whose father belonged to the secret police of the Shah. Her mislead revenge however is cut short by her mother who reminds her daughter to forgive. Yet her forgiveness is not appreciated by Ramini for he has been taught to despise communists and that his father was correct in killing them.
The Shah's Regime