Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Essay
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Growing Up Satrapi
It is hard to tell the story of a “typical” youth and it is hard to write a story that relates to experiences in everyone’s lives, but this is exactly what Marjane Satrapi accomplished in her memoir. Persepolis is the story of a child’s growth from preteen to adult. The specific challenges that Satrapi faces are unique to her situation, but we can ask whether they accurately portray the psychological development that children go through. Do her reactions to situations resemble the reactions that most children have to similar problems? While reading Satrapi’s story, it is necessary to understand that the circumstances she encounters and her reaction to these circumstances parallel how youths around the world…show more content…
In this way, teachers become role models for the students as well as rule enforcers. They teach children both how to read and write, and the overall beliefs and customs of society. In Persepolis, Marjane paints a picture of her grammar school in Iran during the revolution. In a very short excerpt, she shows a teacher wearing a veil, watching a group of all girls and telling them that they need to wear veils also. In a very casual form, Satrapi has described how her experience in grammar school has socialized her. The fact that she is separated by gender at school told Marjane that her society believes that men and women are different, and unequal, beings. The fact that Marjane sees her teacher in a veil, and is explicitly told by her teacher that she also must wear a veil shows how she
2 was taught to model her teacher’s behavior and also that her society believes that women should be covered up as much as possible. These were the aspects of grammar school that Marjane took from her schooling; this is how she was socialized by her education.
Like a child’s school environment, the surrounding community in which a child grows up also “instills its norms and values in its members, through tradition, modeling, and/or formal education” (Berns 392). There are two
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"Persepolis: City of Persians, People of Iran" gives insight into the significance of Marjane Satrapi’s title Persepolis for her graphic memoir. She has a clear goal of explaining the normality of her people to the western world, and aptly does this through use of her title and references to Iranian history throughout the book. Through a look at the history of Iran, especially its early Persian origins, and evidence of its influence in Satrapi’s own life as seen in her memoir, this essay portrays the significance of Persepolis in Persepolis.
The essay “The Complicated Effects of Consumerism in Persepolis” examines the role of consumerism in Satrapi’s memoir. By examining the issue through two angles: how consumerism oppresses and how consumerism liberates Iranian citizens, the essay explains the complicated role that consumerism holds in the novel. With the use of Marxist criticism, this essay attempts to examine how consumerism affected the different classes in Iran; however, most of the paper focuses on how Satrapi’s middle class family dealt with consumerism.
Megan JacksonEvery human will at some point during their adolescence will question who they are and what they believe. Marjane Satrapi is no exception to this. In this paper, I will explore how Satrapi portrays her own search for identity that is complicated by both her war-torn home country of Iran and her immigration to the Western-thinking Austria in her graphic novel Persepolis. By showing her own search for identity, readers can come to understand Satrapi as more than just an Iranian, but as a fellow human being.
Victoria JonesMy paper, "The Complete Persepolis: The Story of a Dangerous, Strong Woman in a Colonial Society" is about Satrapi’s inability to “fit in” with normal Iranian and Viennese culture. I focused on Marji’s feminism and the danger that goes with free thought, and my essay also focuses on Persepolis as a post-colonial text. I took the stance that Marji, who thinks and is outspoken, is dangerous in a colonial society because she thinks and because she’s a feminist.
Jess KnackstedtIn Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, The Complete Persepolis, the setting of Iran may make the story seem foreign and harsh, but this paper argues that it is quite universal. At the heart of the novel, it is simply a story about a young girl searching for her identity. Using a psychoanalytical lens, the strangeness of the setting is stripped down and the story is made very relatable. Marjane Satrapi proves we may not be all that different after all.
Nathan BohannonMarjane Satrapi, with The Complete Persepolis, has created a foreign woman’s not-so-foreign coming of age story. Dealing with her country, finding her heroes, making choices, growing into herself – all make Marjane’s Iran story universal.
Elyse OskvarekThe main character in Persepolis, Marji Satrapi, must learn to adapt in many situations throughout the novel. My paper describes the different ways she must do so as well as shows that Marjane creates a universal theme to connect her reader to the story. Although many of the situations that Satrapi must adapt to are extreme, there are also small measures that every human being can relate to as well.
Olivia WarrenMarjane Satrapi’s Persepolis addresses important aspects of the Western world and Westernization which are reflected in this essay. Iran has struggled, and continues to do so, with the influence of the West on the country. This essay addresses how Iranian people, the government, and the country as a whole are affected by Westernization.