The graphic novel portrays Marjane Satrapi as an opinionated, imaginative, and curious young girl. The plot details her as an average ten year-old girl in the midst of a revolution. Her reaction to the environment in which she lives in
In the passage “The Key”, Marjane Satrapi's opinion on education is not revealed, but she does demonstrate a negative viewpoint on her school and the activities they conduct. Within the passage, the school is not shown to teach the students any traditional education topics, for instance history or science, and rather all classes as relating to the Iranian Revolution and the ongoing Iran-Iraq war. Therefore, her opinion on education itself is not disclosed. However, Marjane's negative opinion on the school and the classes is exhibited through her not caring about activities like funeral marches and anniversary celebrations, as well as her depiction of the parents' unfavourable attitude towards the entire situation.
The cartoonists are the main social group portrayed in the cartoon “On Satire” by Joe Sacco, which is published in The Guardian. “On Satire” portrays other cartoonists as obnoxious, insensitive cavemen who often cross the line between satire and just outright offensive mockery of the religious beliefs of Muslims. The purpose of the cartoon is to ridicule the black and white way of representation of all Muslims as terrorists. Also he is aiming to get cartoonists to convince governments and news outlets to consider ways in which to stop terrorism by understanding why terrorism exists instead of just eradicating all Muslims and hoping that terrorism dies with them.
Satire is often regarded as one of the most effective ways to understand a society. It reveals the values of the society and serves as an amplifier for its ills. Mark Twain once said, “the human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” Satire has long been a tool of political criticism, a means to make a moral point and to “attack vice and folly using wit and ridicule”. The word satire comes from the Latin word ‘satur’ and later ‘satura’ which translates roughly to poetic medley. Through the use of art, traditionally, prose and poetry, satire has continued to make a difference in shaping public consumption and perspective of news and encouraging activism, advocacy and civil participation.
Since the last time I have journaled, I have finished The Art of Racing in the Rain and started and finished the book Her: A Memoir. The Art of Racing in the Rain finished with the main character, Denny, finally getting custody of his daughter and ending the yearlong battle that he endured. Enzo dies at the end of the book, but the story alludes to him coming back as a child to visit Denny. Christa Parravani’s Her: A Memoir is a memoir written by Christa after her twin sister, Cara, dies. It shows the struggles the twins endured together throughout their lives, including an abusive father, Cara suffering a brutal rape and embarking on a path of drugs, depression, and overdose. The novel also shows how Christa reacted after Cara’s death, following in a similar path as her sister. The three merits I enjoyed most about this book were how extensive the
The drawing were quite vulgar and explicit but still caught the eyes of the comedy seekers. Times went for a turn when three Muslim extremist killed twelve people. Their goal was to “make justice” for their savior because they didn’t like they way the humor was portrayed. If jokes were only jokes then the Muslim extremist wouldn't have done anything about the satirical humor in the cartoons. But there was a definite message. The people of France unified as one and defend the cartoonist because of their nation’s freedom of speech and was covered because it was comedy and meant for
Political and social satire go hand in hand in showing examples of the past and the future. While social satire mainly focus on the current problems of society, political satire can represent a warning about the future. Both types are important to learn and understand when reading works involving satire. Putting a light on satire will help people understand satire better. Educating students about satire in schools starting at a young age will allow for students to grow up with a better understanding of satire. Satire can play such an important role in novels that it is essential that everyone understands the concept. Understanding satire will allow for people to see different viewpoints of today’s society through the authors’ eyes. Satire can add humor to a piece, yet that humor can be revealing something much different. It is important for people to be able to differentiate from the two. People first need to understand satire to see the historical importance of it or understand the hidden warning it can
Why are comics not appreciated as much as the dry narratives of novels in the literary world? A comic is composed of symbols to express concepts shared by all people in their own social environment, and provide more tools than conventional art to truly show artistic intention.
“The Shabbat”, a short story by Marjane Satrapi is about families living in Iran during a time of war. The hesitance to believe that their enemy had the capability to cause any critical harm and the realization that they did. While living during these turbulent times, the people who stayed in Iran tried to have what resembled a pre-war life, while doing things such as shopping and spending time with family. While some stayed in their homes, others took shelter in the basements of large hotels. On one particular Saturday, Iraq sent a missile to the neighborhood of Tavanir. This attack would prove deadly to the Baba-levy family, a friend of hers, and a family that proved to be observant to the Jewish Sabbath. They had left the protection of the Hilton and returned home, as Jews are suppose to do. While being dutifully observant to their religious faith, the constant fear, worry, and constant questions of living in war would end for them on that fateful day.
The First Amendment of US constitution safeguard the individual’s right of press, freedom of speech, freedom to practice any religion and freedom of people’s peaceful assemble. Furthermore, the untextual first amendment gave the freedom of association also. Since, the first amendment is the greatest privilege of the American citizens, it is light of democracy to the world. Within it, the most significant one is the freedom of peaceful assembly and association. In reality, we were not even bothered about our opportunity of association for a common welfare. This paper will be a visual analyzes of political cartoons to show the similar and difference ways the cartoonists use the ‘Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association’ to show that the public voice is better than an individual voice.
A graphic novel consists of both a narrative and its accompanying illustrations, which are capable of providing insight through a collection of images. Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical novel, Persepolis (2003), is a collection of her comic-strip memoirs, written and illustrated by Satrapi herself. Persepolis tells the story of Marjane’s growing up and coming of age in Iran’s capital, Tehran, during the Islamic Revolution. It is a story filled with noticeable moments, all of which are supported by the artwork Satrapi has decided to include. Further analysis of Satrapi’s artistic decisions reveals her choice to include symbols that often represent Marjane’s emotions. Objects such as mirrors and the use of body language in certain characters,
Today, comedy news shows are becoming progressively more popular, and in so, becoming a new source of information – which may, or may not, be a positive consequence. Most comedians twist the truth in order to connect to people and make them laugh. The article “A Serious Business: What Can Comedy Do?” suggests some comedians “use logic to make painful things make sense” (O’Hara 108). Satirical comedy acts as a relief mechanism in that it comforts people that may be wary about a certain subject, especially in the realm of politics. Similarly, Peter McGraw and Joel Warner discuss how comedy can act as a coping mechanism. The authors conclude that “activists all over the world have been using comedy as a form of political protest” (McGraw & Warner 147). Iain Ellis writes about how political satirists do more than just deliver jokes, they use satire “to expose, ridicule, and–implicitly–call for action and change” (Ellis 152). Ellis contends that comedy can make a difference by its constant presence in our daily lives. Socrates, Plato, and even shows like South Park believe that humor is a way to persuade others. One of the most effective expressions of humor to affect social change has been the inclusion of satire. Although humor often provides people a welcome escape from the burdens of their daily lives, the satirical comedy deconstructs social issues in various ways as a means to persuade the
Maz Jobrani first started touring the Middle East in 2007 with a tour called the “Axis of Evil Comedy”. Once he began touring he found out a major issue, people in the Middle East have a very different sense of humor than people from the U.S. Maz would travel to different venues and the promoters of the venues would warn him not to joke about sex, politics, or religion in these areas. Anyone who has caught a glimpse of stand up comedy in the U.S. knows that, these topics make up the basis for most of the jokes that are told. Nevertheless Jobrani was determined to figure out what these people found humorous and why their sense of humor was so different. After touring for a bit he found out that these people will laugh at local cultural aspects such as driving or greeting people. Although they would often take great offense to jokes made about their religion or their government. Jobrani also realized that their sensitivity to comedy resembles the U.S. of the 1950’s. Back
I feel Satrapi choose to tell her story through a graphic novel rather than a tradition novel because it allowed her to better tell her entire story at once. The manner a traditional novel is written allows their author to tell a story. This story is usually told through the eyes of one main character, such as in the novels The Catcher in the Rye and The House on Mango Street. Satrapi’s story was more complex than most stories in found in traditional novels. There were many events happening socially and other people actions that contributed to shaping her to story. By telling her story as a graphic novel Satrapi was able to include the many different events that played a role in the story and the many different character all at once while still