Before I began reading Persepolis I needed to look up what Persepolis meant and found that Persepolis is a city in Persia, which is now known as Iran. Knowing the title of the book it was safe to assume that this was going to be about Iran. I then read the inside cover and discovered the author, Marjane Satrapi, wrote this as an autobiographical comic about what it was like to grow up during the Iranian Revolution. As I was reading this comic I couldn’t help but admire how an autobiography was written in comic form. The use of drawings really helped understand the feeling of not only what the author was experiencing but also what other people she knew were feeling by the use of expression in her drawings. If this was written in novel form you couldn’t fully imagine the expressions and feelings of the characters.
While reading her comic, I was surprised at how much I didn’t know about the Iranian Revolution. Of course I only knew what I was told from the American’s point of view but I didn’t know what it was like for the Iranians. Her comic shows what both sides felt of the Revolution after the Shah left. Marjane is influenced by the thoughts of her family, and also by what her friend’s parents say. As a little girl she is conflicted by the changes in her society and her culture and it affected her childhood. As a religious family she would always turn to God and believed she is a Prophet, in fact, she says, “At age six I was already sure I was the last Prophet. This was a few years before the Revolution” (6). As her story continues she meets her Uncle Anoosh and becomes enamored by him and his stories. As the revolution continues she finds out that he was found by the police and executed. She becomes angry at God and tells him to get out of her life and then says, “And so I was lost, without any bearings… What could be worse than that?” then at the bottom of the page it says, “It was the beginning of the war” (71). The use of words and images really won me over with sympathy. Her childhood was lost as soon as the war began.
Satrapi, Marjane. The Complete Persepolis. United States Of America: Pantheon Books, 2004. 6-71. Print.