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What is a Bildungsroman?
- A “coming of age” novel.
- Focuses on psychological and moral growth of the main character
- Looks for answers to their questions about life through various experiences
- Depicts a conflict between the protagonist and their society
What do you think?
How is Persepolis a Bildungsroman?
Persepolis is an example of a Bildungsroman because it follows the protagonist, Marji, as she grows up in Tehran. At the beginning of the novel, we see Marji as a young girl who is greatly influenced by her parent’s social activism and her prominent family background. She sees many changes around her, but she does not really understand them. As she grows up, the revolution and the strict regime make life difficult for her and her liberal-minded and modern family. These challenges shape her personality, and the novel documents her maturing in this hostile environment as she begins to understand the nature of the world around her. As she grows up into a teenager, she tries to discover her purpose in life.
Marji's Video Diaries
Marji's Growth and Development
- Originally, she wanted to be a prophet – had faith in her religion and country
- Her parents buy her books to educate her (pg. 12) – as a result, she is able to distinguish between the propaganda and real education at her school, and this makes her more open-minded(pg. 44 & 144)
- Following the execution of her uncle, her faith in God is shattered (pg. 70) – this is a major turning point in her development. Initially, she has a very “romantic” view of her world, politics, and the revolution. This is shattered when she experiences the harsh realities of life.
- Very outspoken personality, and this leads to conflicts with authorities at her school.
Family bonds and friendships.
Hopes and desires for the future.
Exposure to violence and torture at such a young age
The pursuit of your hobbies and interests are illegal
Education is filled with propaganda.
Marji's search for identity throughout the novel
Rebelling against society and Authority
A repressive religious regime and restrictions on many rights
" I wanted people in other countries to read
, to see that I grew up just as other children do... if
opens people's eyes, I feel successful."
- Marjane Satrapi
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Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis. New York, NY: Pantheon Books, 2003. Print.
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Satrapi, Marjane. "Why I Wrote Persepolis." Writing 26.3 (2003): 9. Canadian Reference Centre. Web. 23 Oct. 2014.