Persepolis Analysis

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Persepolis, a graphic biography of a girl named Marji, expands on her maturation and forming identity in Iran during the Islamic regime. The book is written in black and white with simple lines to symbolize the political and moral dichotomy in society and within herself. The book begins with Marji at age ten—full of curiosity and trustworthiness towards authorities. She transitions by the conclusion of the book, through her own rebellion and realization, and she acquires her independence and knowledge of the political, social, and religious issues in her country. This paper will analyze Marji's maturation as she learns to stand up for herself, realizes how religion and politics can be used for evil ends, and discovers her sense of morality. In the first chapter, ¨The Veil, ¨ Marji begins to realize her family´s differing ¨modern and avant-garde¨ view from the many other traditional families around her (6). She writes that she “was born with religion,” and her ambition to become a prophet as an adult, with her parent’s support, differs from the other traditional families in Iran. In view of this, when her teacher questioned her at school on what she wished to pursue as an adult, Marji honestly answered that she wished to be a prophet. In response to the atypical answer, the class laughed and the disturbed teacher called her parents in for a conference. Her parents, proud of their daughter’s ambition and honesty, frowned upon the teacher and later asked Marji what she wanted

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