Persepolis Film Analysis

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The Complete Persepolis: Translating Literature to Film
Marjane Satrapi’s The Complete Persepolis is a coming of age memoir depicted in graphic novel form. Satrapi illustrates her life as a young girl growing into an adult during and after the Islamic Revolution in Iran with very little narration and simplistic dialogue. It is interesting to see how so little can be said, yet, so much can be conveyed. In comparison, the film representation of the novel uses a separate medium to depict the same story in a similar fashion. This is done in an effective manner, however, the necessity of this additional form of storytelling is arguable. The comparative analysis’ focus will be on graphic representation, the use of sound as an additional enhancing tool and finally, the key thematic and historical portrayal of novel events within the film.
Firstly, the graphic style used in the novel was maintained in the creation of the film as Marjane Satrapi was the artist for both. Furthermore, she co-wrote the screenplay for the animated film. Her prominent role in the production for both allowed her signature style to link the two. In the novel, the lack of colour is highly noticeable upon reading and analyzing each image. In fact, the style plays an unpredictably great role in depicting themes and evoking emotions. For instance, the colour black is used predominantly as an indicator of darker themes within the novel, it becomes noticeable within the second chapter entitled “The Bicycle” in
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