Marjane Satrapi 's ' Persepolis '

1728 WordsSep 30, 20177 Pages
Marjane Satrapi deliberately uses an interesting layout usually used in successful comic books that convey deep messages. The layout of the graphics in Persepolis include elements such as panels, gutters, and graphic weight. The panels, or distinct segments of a comic containing a combination of images and texts, provide transitions that are instantaneous and direct. For example, on page seven, Satrapi uses a panel to show an innocent conversation with her grandmother about the rules she will assign once she becomes a prophet. The author also uses gutters - the space between framed panels- to clearly show where time happens. For instance, on page three, a gutter is used between two images to show the Islamic Revolution taking place in 1979…show more content…
Based upon the images Satrapi uses, it is evident that the comics allow her to not only reflect on the memories of being surrounded by constant chaos and dramatic changes in her life, but also to convey to readers the amount of obligations she was forced to follow because of the Islamic Revolution and the fear her and her family faced because of their liberal nature in a conservative country like Iran. We can conclude this by realizing how many images in the first chapter show events like protesting and speeches that revolved around forcing people to follow a certain religion and culture. Historical Context Satrapi’s graphic fiction heavily revolves around the political history of Iran. Even the chapter’s name, “The Veil”, refers to an obligation - forcing young girls and women to wear veils in public - impelled upon Iranian civilians as a result of the Islamic Revolution. One important fact to keep in mind is that before the Islamic Revolution in 1980, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the shah of Iran from 1941 to 1979, charted a course of modernization for Iran. In 1963, he launched the
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