Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis portrays the journey which she endured from childhood through adulthood. Through her use of the comic strip style, I was able to gain a sense of the author’s quirky humor and brutal honesty as she found ways to make me laugh through her pictures and words. Despite being against reading comics when I first started this story, I found myself enjoying the book more and more as I went on. As I progressed in the story, I understood why Satarpi chose to tell her story through this medium; it allowed her to draw out her emotions in a way that I was able to empathize with much more because I was able to see the emotion through the visuals.
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I found the second half of this story much easier to follow along and connect with because the encounters which the author faced are relevant to today’s young adult society. In the second part of this story, we are able to gain a sense of her changing perspective of the world as she matures into an adult. In the part one of her story, Satrapi’s grandma urges her to “always keep [her] dignity and be true to [herself]” because “there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance” (Satrapi 150). This theme is prevalent throughout the second half of the story as Satrapi struggles to find a place in society.
This idea of being an outsider is something that I have encountered throughout my life and I found it easy to relate with Satrapi on this issue. As I transitioned from elementary school to middle school, I found myself lost sometimes as my friends seemed to be moving in a different direction than I was. While I did athletics with my friends, I found my passion in the drumline, and as time passed, I found myself growing further and further from them. Satrapi also finds it hard to fit in appearance wise, an issue that many face because for most of us, there has been a time where we found something that we disliked about ourselves and wished we could change it. While her journey to find herself was much different from mine, I was able to identify with many of her feelings as she struggled to fit in. I think that her honesty throughout her story really allowed me to see her as a person and not a fictitious character.
Through her clever use of the comic book style to depict her autobiography, Satrapi really opened my eyes to the issues which Iran faced that I never really understood. While I was not able to fully understand the revolution, her story piqued my interest and has made me want to educate myself further on the matter. Her story allowed me to feel as though I was there during the revolution and helped me to visualize the situation easily. Her simple way of telling her story really allowed me to relate to her character, and I enjoyed watching her grow from the adamant little girl to the successful woman she is today.