Point Of View In Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi

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There are many elements that contribute to the effectiveness of a piece of writing. One element in particular that adds to how effective a piece of writing can be is point of view, which can determine what the reader knows and understands, and how the information given is interpreted. As a result, point of view contributes to character development and the emotional impact of a piece of writing. Marjane Satrapi utilizes the impact that point of view has in her graphic novel Persepolis. The story, which is written as a memoir, includes Marjane herself in the images, which makes the text seem to be told from more of a limited third person point of view, while the narration of the story is told in the first person. By including herself in the…show more content…
Marjane is introduced as the main character of the graphic novel by the narrator, who also gives basic contextual information, such as the ages of characters and the dates the story took place. The first person narrator reveals: “This is me when I was 10 years old. This was in 1980” (Satrapi frame 1,3). In this way, Satrapi acts as a character in the story in which the sequence of events happens to at the time, and as an external narrator, describing the what took place as if she is looking back on what happened. The culmination of complex viewpoints leads to a blending of first and third person points of view that would otherwise not be possible, and contributes to the overall effectiveness of the text. Along with the narration in the first frames, Satrapi chooses to draw a self portrait to better interact with the text. By doing so, she blends the first and third person points of view in her memoir, allowing the text to be more effective at showcasing her personal physical and emotional growth throughout her childhood, and demonstrate how her thoughts and ideas developed throughout the story. If Satrapi only presented words to describe her childhood,the growth she experienced would not be as apparent to the reader. In this regard, as the story progresses, the reader is able to see a visual representation of Satrapi’s growth through the pictures. At the beginning of the

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