Essay about Persepolis Illustrations Analysis

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Satrapi’s graphic memoir, Persepolis focuses hugely on the loss of innocence of Marjane, which she illustrates by using several techniques such as the sizes of figures and the contrast of shades, as well as the of details, or lack thereof she includes in her drawings. Marjane’s drawings are more than mere illustrations; they are drawn the way they are for a reason. Figure sizes throughout the book vary to show the importance or maturity of the characters. In the beginning of the memoir, Marjane is depicted as a small girl, considerably smaller than her parents and all other grown-ups that surround her. Though Marjane is very aware of her situation, and a lot smarter or conscious than other children her age, she is still childish and…show more content…
In the beginning of the book Marjane is more often dressed in white, but as the memoir progresses, she begins to lose the white clothes, just as she losses her innocence. Her innocence is not only represented by the figure size, or color of clothing, the way she depicts violence in the beginning of the book is very different from what she imagines as the book advances. She is aware of the situation within her country, since her parents are fervent revolutionaries she hears stories and she listens to the news, so she knows a lot about the situation around her. However, her young, innocent mind, and her lack of experience distort and in a way censor the truth. The first panel in page 40 depicts the massacre of Black Friday. Marjane, being a child, doesn’t really know what a massacre looks like. She draws the corpses in neat rows, with no signs of blood or physical damage. We can also find another example in the first panel of page 52. Her parents have been talking about the death and dismemberment of a friend of theirs. Marjane, who has been listening to the entire conversation, pictures his death. The man is depicted as neatly as the people depicted in the Black Friday Massacre. The limbs are separated from the body, which is hollow, with no blood or organs in sight. Though Marjane is not as innocent as she was in the

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