Persepolis Analysis

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In Persepolis, a fictional graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, Marji grows up in war-torn Iran. Being a young child, the violence and events around her influence her views and ideals as she matures. Event after event, Marji develops her own thoughts and ideas as she grows. The development of Marjane’s morals and beliefs convey the theme that violence causes suffering. Satrapi conveys the theme that violence causes suffering through the motif of heroes. In the novel, Laly’s father, Pardisse’s father, and Anoosh are all blatantly characterized as heroes. Typically, a hero is a person who is looked up to – a role-model with a halo around his head (panel 3, 54). Sadly, all three heroes meet tragic fates. Yet, readers cannot literarily define these characters as tragic heroes because their demise is not their fault. It is the fault of Shah, the Islamic regime, and the Iran-Iraq War. By …show more content…
Satrapi depicts her novel in black and white, without any shades of grey. Blacks and whites are the most contrasting colors on the color spectrum. This sharp contrast found throughout the entire book characterizes the turmoil in Marji during times of war and revolution. Just like blacks and whites conflict with each other, the war and oppression in her home conflicts with Marji’s and other people’s well-beings. Furthermore, the lack of any shades of grey shows there is no compromise between the black and white in Marji’s life. With all the violence surrounding her as she tries to enjoy life while growing up, there are no shades of grey where Marji can find peace. The panel on page 116 depicts this situation. Marji, literally surrounded by the black-and-white violence around her, seems to try to leave the panel and escape the panel borders through a door. This represents Marji’s desire to leave the sufferings and leave the black-and-white conflicts that follow her throughout her development into an