Persepolis Context Analysis

908 WordsMay 31, 20174 Pages
Persepolis is an autobiographical graphic novel, visually portraying the life of Marjane Satrapi and her experiences growing up in turmoils times. The novel recounts the stages in her life as she grows older, this follows her life going from a child growing up in the new Islamic regime that governed Iran to moving to Austria and France and being a teenager in the western world. Marjane's documentation of her life also allows for an exclusive insight into what life is like a religious and authoritarian rule of one supreme leader, which is quite a difficult concept for the free and democratic West to understand. The historical context of Persepolis is important to understand and interpret the text, as a person from a western nation it might…show more content…
This is also demonstrated fairly early on in the novel where Satrapi states “Deep down I was very religious but as a family we were very modern and avant-garde”(page 4). This statement was accompanied by an image of Marjane as a young child standing between an image of modern concepts like maths, science, and physics on her left and on the right she is depicted wearing a veil and with some traditional designs behind her. This picture which we are presented with is a perfect demonstration of the conflict between Western modernism and religious traditionalism. On the surface this is a display of Marjane's internal struggle with her identity, choosing between the modern life with her parents with rock music and pop culture or her more nationalistic and religious side of her nation. This is also a representation of Iran during the revolution, after Mohammad Reza Pahlavi the then Shah of Iran fled the country, there was a void of power left behind and there were two main cultures battling for control, that of the western and modern which was often represented by the younger population of Iran and that of the more traditional and religious side which turned out to be the victor with Ayatollah Khomeini a Shia cleric taking control and becoming the new leader of Iran. This raw display of internal conflict gives the basis to many of her future decisions and the even all though it stays with her for the rest of her life. Persepolis was written by and about the author
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