Marjane Satrapi's ' Persepolis '

2059 WordsDec 10, 20149 Pages
Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis is an expressive memoir of her growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, the fall of the Shah’s regime and the Iran-Iraq War. The dictionary definition of a memoir is, the description of one’s personal life and experiences, and most writers use the conventional text format to write theirs but Satrapi has contributed to a whole new way of writing memoirs that may last for many generations to come. Unlike conventional memoirs, she uses the black-and-white comic book form to find her identity through politics and her personal experiences in Iran and it has become effective and relevant in today’s society because she is a normal person that has had to live through extreme circumstances. She gives you insight into her own mind with pictures instead of you trying to make sense of just words. In the novel, Marjane, Marji for short, is living in Tehran, the capital of Iran, during the late 70’s and early 80’s. She is smart and outspoken for her age and for a long time she was very religious which is a bit skeptical due to her parents being Marxists. Persepolis illustrates a memorable story of Marji’s life in Iran. Throughout the history of Iran, it has been a great public figure of turmoil. The title of the novel, Persepolis, which is translated to, “the City of Persians”, is important because it was the original capital of Persia (part of the Iranian Empire), and fell to destruction. I believe Satrapi is trying to compare the
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