A Child’s Perspective

There are a few things that stand out to me about this book.  One is that this is a graphic novel which has not been assigned, if at all, here in the SUNY Fredonia English department.  I really enjoy the graphic novel because you still must use your imagination to piece together the story but you have the help of the pictures to stay completely on track with the Marjane Satrapi’s vision.  It is as if this is a novel and a play combined into one.  Every so often there is a picture of only the narrator which seems like a mini conversation between the narrator and the audience with the rest of the cast frozen in time on stage.

The other aspect of Persepolis that stood out to me was that the narrator is a child.  Children have a completely different perspective on reality from adults.  They do

not see sides or differences in ethnicity.  The only thing that children want to know is why they can no longer see their friends in school every day.  All of the changes and issues going on around her are difficult to understand.  Throughout the first section of this book it becomes apparent just how easily it is to mold the mind of a child.  Children believe who they trust.  Marji trusts her parents just how Ramin trusts his father.  He does not find killing human beings wrong because his father has made communists the “bad guys” in his mind.  When Marji confronts Ramin about his father and the murders he states, “He is not a murderer!  He killed communists and communists are evil.(p46)”

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  1. I agree with this post. This was a very unique reading we were assigned. It was a graphic novel with a rough cut of illustrations. It was also from the perspective of a child. It was not some deep experience by some famous author who has seen it all. We see someone who is dealing with terrorism from a less aware perspective.

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