Symbols In Persepolis

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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi is a memoir written in comic strip format that tells the tale of a young girl living in Iran. The detailed autobiography depicts the story of Satrapi’s childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution. The title of the book is a reference to the ancient capital of the Persian Empire, Persepolis. Persepolis is an amazing book, filled with happiness, grief, and moments of childhood in a primitive, overbearing world where all children are forced to grow up. In my opinion, the book is disturbing and haunting, but also very moving and touching at the same time. I also share some similarities with Marji as well.
Young Marjane, otherwise known as Marji, is
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Although Satrapi drew very simple images, they still manage to convey a great depth of emotion and graphic weight. The contrasts between light and dark were apparent and very effective in communicating the messages clearly and efficiently. In addition, Satrapi’s portrayal of symbolism in the panels is powerful and fascinating. For instance, veil is a big symbol of how women were heavily oppressed in Iran at the time Marji was growing up. The Iranian regime believes that women must wear the veil because everyone in Iran needs to follow their religion. Clothing is important to the Iranian government, because they believe the smallest changes show a person’s allegiance. Another meaningful symbol is the gold key, which is a horrific representation of the lengths the government will go to in order to brainwash children into enlisting in the military. The Iranian government convinces the children that this key will get them into heaven if they die at war. This is similar to ancient religious wars, like the Crusades, where dying a martyr was the best possible thing a young boy could do for his country and religion. However, in reality, all it means is that they died as pawns of the