Life Traumas In Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

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In Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir, Persepolis, a young girl named Marji experiences many life traumas such as family death, discrimination, and the harsh reality of growing up during a revolutionary time. In the book, we are introduced to Marji and eventually sees how she grew up. In the country of Iran during a revolutionary time, there was a lot of violent and Iran was being under controlled by a religious dictator. There was no freedom and Marji was affected by the revolution that in a sense that she had no choice, but to take part of this revolution. With that being the case, Marji’s identity is fully shaped by social forces. Marji’s environment affected her actions. Being that Marji grew up in a time of a revolution, she understood …show more content…
In cases where Marji don’t seem to understand what is going on, she always asked question. She was always eager to know more about politics and what is going on in her country. In page 54 when Uncle Anoosh came to visit Marji, she was already invested in Uncle Anoosh’s life. She began to asked question to Uncle Anoosh regarding his personal life. Answering Marji’s questions regarding Uncle Anoosh, she is amazed of all that Anoosh had done. In another instance, Marji spoke out in class complaining to her teacher that she was being told lies after finding out the truth. With that idea that Marji even spoke out after finding out the truth, it demonstrates how important it was for her to know the knowledge behind the lies so that she can survive during this revolutionary time. Marji was raised to believe that knowledge was important.
Marji’s identity was completely influenced by social forces because of the time that she grew up in. The benefits of analyzing a memoir through the sociological perspective is allowing us to understand how social factors like family, environment, and the way we are raised can have a deep effect on an individual. Moreover, it allows the reader to make this connection with Marji and make other connections to when social forces affected us in comparison to