The Complete Persepolis

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When writing any sort of narrative, be it novel or poem, fiction or non-fiction, scholarly or frivolous, an author must take into account the most effective manner in which to effectively convey the message to their audience. Choosing the wrong form, or method of speaking to the reader, could lead to a drastic misunderstanding of the meaning within an author’s content, or what precisely the author wants to say (Baldick 69). Even though there are quite a bit fewer words in a graphic novel than in the average novel, an author can convey just as much content and meaning through their images as they could through 60,000 words. In order to do that though, their usage of form must be thoughtfully considered and controlled. Marjane Satrapi,…show more content…
Her audience is left with an instinctual understanding that the argument that occurred after Marjane skipped school, and had the audacity to blatantly lie about it, is quite mild in comparison to the one in which her mother must tell her that it was “against the law to kill a virgin…so a Guardian of the Revolution marries her…and takes her virginity before executing her.” (145) The words and images at face value have delivered Satrapi’s narrative while the contrast between these two arguments is emphasized by the complete reversal of the coloring. Marjane Satrapi again uses the stark contrast of black and white to differentiate between the gravity of two superficially similar situations on pages 108 and 285-286. Both instances involve a member of the Satrapi family breaking the fundamentalist laws of the regime and having a confrontation with patrols of members of the Guardians of the Revolution. In the earlier event, the family is coming home from an illegal party at which the adults had consumed alcohol. When they are pulled over, one of the Guardians brandishes a shotgun at the Satrapi patriarch while insulting and threatening him, asking the father, “Been drinking, have we!!?!!” The conflict continues with the father asserting “No, absolutely not!” The background is black while the character’s outlines are white, again drawing visceral attention to the fact that Marjane father is in mortal danger,
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