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O’Donohoe 1 Cara O’Donohoe Professor Lutz Introduction to Literature: EN-2028-206 25/2/14 Form Should Not Matter True and fictional stories can be told in any way the author chooses to tell their story. True stories can be told in many different forms; graphic novels such as Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, plays such as Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, and short stories such as Night by Elie Weisel. Comparing both the book Persepolis and Night, there are different forms taken to write the truth of each story, one is a play and one is a short story, both are short. Night is short with little detail whereas Persepolis is also short but the pictures that contribute to the story put more detail into the story. There is no set way that the truth has to be told, the author gets to decide how they want their story to be told. Graphic novels can be based on a true story, for example Persepolis is based on a true story about a girl, Marji, that is dealing with the Iranian Revolution and how this affects her and her family. This story is written like a comic book, there are pictures and then there are words that accompany the pictures to describe what is happening in the picture or what is happening in her life. Some of the pictures give more detail than what the words are saying and then some of the words are giving more detail than the picture is. This makes the reader have to interpret what the author is thinking. For example the first page of Persepolis where Marji is explaining that this is her class and she is on the far left so the reader does not see her, in this picture the people are sad or scolding are Marji, but why are they doing that? This lends the reader to come up with Essay 1 Draft 1
O’Donohoe 2 their own decision of what is going on in the story and why this is being told this way and not in another way.
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