Discussion: Persepolis

Discussion: Persepolis

Like Maus, Persepolis is a graphic novel about a serious and, for some, tragic subject: in this case, the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Like Maus, the combination of the comic book form and the narrative perspective makes it an inventive and compelling work. The story is recounted from the author Marjane Satrapi’s perspective as a 10-year-old girl growing up in the midst of social change and upheaval. Like Maus, it is at times funny, touching, and painfully sad and tragic. I’m very curious to hear your initial reaction to the text, especially after reading Maus. Which did you prefer? Why?

Other points that I would encourage you to respond to:

1. The shifting nature of the Iranian Revolution as represented in the text.

2. This major historical event as seen through the eyes of the author as a young girl. If, as I assume is the case for most of you, you have little or no previous knowledge of the Iranian Revolution, being introduced to it from a little girl’s perspective might in fact make it more accessible for you as well.

3. The position of Marji’s family and their political views in relation to the larger subject of the novel and how this shapes Marji’s own development

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