Community Created in Night and Persepolis through Marginalization and Ethos

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“One can forgive but one should never forget.” - Marjane Satrapi. A memoir is a collection of unique memories that one may never forget. They tell the story of a person’s life and grasp experiences that may be wonderful or absolutely terrifying. In Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Marjane Satrapi narrates her childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and illustrates the devastating effects it had on her life. Similarly, Elie Wiesel narrates his horrifying journey as a Jew who endured the unimaginable cruelty of the Holocaust in his novel: Night. Although these memoirs are narrated in different time periods and locations, the authors are both marginalized because of their race and must battle traditional group barriers with their …show more content…
“One can forgive but one should never forget.” - Marjane Satrapi. A memoir is a collection of unique memories that one may never forget. They tell the story of a person’s life and grasp experiences that may be wonderful or absolutely terrifying. In Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Marjane Satrapi narrates her childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and illustrates the devastating effects it had on her life. Similarly, Elie Wiesel narrates his horrifying journey as a Jew who endured the unimaginable cruelty of the Holocaust in his novel: Night. Although these memoirs are narrated in different time periods and locations, the authors are both marginalized because of their race and must battle traditional group barriers with their community. Through ethos and marginalization, Satrapi and Wiesel demonstrate that community can be created during times of political and cultural struggle, ultimately illustrating that humans overcome traditional group barriers by including themselves with members of other marginalized groups. Marginalization occurs when communities are prevented from participating fully in the economic, social, and political life of their society, and is a major cause for the difficult experiences the narrators must overcome. In Persepolis, the veil plays a large role in Marji’s life because it becomes a requirement for Iranian women to wear in public, marginalizing them from other women. Marji and her friends are unsure of the veil and do
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