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…
Despite the political and cultural struggle, her parents help her be a normal teenager by bringing her posters, Nike’s “and [her] denim jacket with the Michael Jackson button,” (Satrapi 131). Although she is religious, she feels the need to be a modern and normal teenager. Marji also creates community for herself by having friends who are marginalized. This is portrayed when Marji and her friends stop taking torture sessions seriously and joke with their teacher as a form of escapism. Even though they get suspended, she says, “We were completely united,” (Satrapi 97). Despite being marginalized by wearing the veil during the Islamic Revolution, Marji overcomes this barrier with the support of her family and friends who were also marginalized. Like Satrapi, Wiesel is also marginalized early on in Night. However, it is not a veil that marginalizes him, but the yellow star that every Jew was forced to wear to distinguish themselves from others. Marginalization is also represented when two ghettos were created for them, they were forbidden to own gold, jewelry, or any valuables and “[they] no longer had the right to frequent restaurants or cafes, to travel by train, to attend synagogue or to be on the streets after six o’clock,” (Wiesel 11). Although the Germans gave the Jews rules that marginalized them from other nationalities, they created a community where

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