Persepolis - Sarah Naqvi English 102 Professor Christie...

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Sarah Naqvi English 102 Professor Christie Persepolis- The Story of a Childhood When I was told by our professor that we were going to be reading Persepolis, the very first thought that came to my mind was, “This book will be long and extremely boring”. Upon reaching the library and opening up the book to reveal my impending fate, I was completely and utterly surprised to find that this book was nothing like I have ever read before. Marjane Satrapi, the author of this amazing autobiography, puts her life story in comic book form. Immediately I changed my mind, and was very optimistic to read it. Persepolis starts off as a flashback into Satrapi’s past, during the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979, during the time in which the Shah was sent into exile and the country had gone from secular to religious. In the very first chapter called “The Veil”, a ten year old Satrapi sits downcast, apparently unhappy with the hijab she is forced to wear on her head. Throughout the book we see an emotional and intellectual revolution of Satrapi, who in the beginning of the book yearns to be a “Prophet”, explaining how she was born with religion, and often converses with God. Her perception of justice and faith changes over time; in the beginning she feels the maids should eat with the rest of the family at the dinner table, later on she understands the definition of “social class” in society, and how she must let things go. When things begin to go wrong, the young Marjane yells at God, asking him how
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