Think back to when you were a little kid. How have you changed? Did you see the world differently than you do now as a teenager? Why do some of your beliefs and interests change as you grown up?
Remember Warriors Don’t Cry? Watch this clip to refresh your memory:
Melba and the Little Rock Nine fought to create equality, but as a child volunteering to integrate into the white schools, she was not completely aware of what was happening in the world around her. When she is prevented from riding the merry-go-round, she knows it is wrong, but she does not understand that racism was the cause. You can use this understanding to connect to Persepolis and Marji’s experience of growing up.
At the beginning of Persepolis, Marji is a just 10 years old. Her view on the world is shaped by her age, and it is clear that she does not fully grasp the reality of what is happening in Iran during this time. What is the effect of Satrapi’s use first person point of view to tell the story?
Examine the two panels below. They show how a child sees events and experiences. In the first panel on page 3, the children are misinterpreting the veil and what it truly represents. They are unaware that the Islamic Revolution is causing this change in their school. The veil is like a “toy” without meaning. In the panel on page 22, Satrapi uses graphic elements to convey Marji’s child-like thoughts. She uses swirling lines and fantasy-like figures to show how Marji interpreted learning that her grandfather was a prince. How does her perspective influence the story in these panels?