The Complete Persepolis Marjane Satrapi Analysis

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In her graphic novel “The Complete Persepolis,” Marjane Satrapi explores different identities and works through troubling hardships as she comes closer to who she truly is as an educated Iranian woman. Satrapi expresses the many trials and tribulations she endured while living in and out of Iran during parts of the Islamic Revolution, all whilst trying to find her identity as a child, teenager, and adult. Although she loses herself along the way, she always finds her true identity and self-worth by putting her interests and wellbeing first, and learning she must be proud and comfortable in her own self in order to thrive. In the midst of losing family, friends, and herself, Satrapi learns what she believes her purpose in life is, and what…show more content…
Young Marji trusted in her faith in God and knew with her knowledge of the world around her that “[She] wanted to be a prophet” (6). As the war circled around her, events followed and Marji briskly lost track of who she was working to be. Status differences between her and her friend’s families brewed jealousy in her, and all Marji wanted was to prove that “There [were] lots of heroes in her family” (64) of which were braver and better than any other family. This was only the start of young Marji losing her identity, and feeling the need to be like everyone else, or even prove she was better than them.
As a teenager away from her family, Satrapi lost herself even more. In Vienna, she made a new, unique group of friends of which influenced her greatly. She was exposed to sex, drugs, and alcohol, which caused a change within her. Her assimilation into the western culture not only generated a mental conversion but “[her] mental transformation was followed by [a] physical transformation” (189). With a drastic alteration to her appearance, Satrapi attracted more and more people, which prompted her to force herself to be just like them, so they would like her. Just as her reconstruction took place, she noticed she was “distancing [herself] from [her] culture, betraying [her] parents and [her] origins, [and] playing a game by somebody else’s rules” (193). Her guilt reminded her of
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