Persepolis Research Paper

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Modern warfare affects everyone—soldiers, civilians, and even children. The effects of war on children are evident in the autobiographical graphic novel “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi. In “Persepolis,” Marjane “Marji” Satrapi is a young Iranian girl who grows up during the Islamic Revolution. Marji endures oppression from the government, loss of friends and family, and grapples to understand what the country goes through. The situation becomes worse until finally, her parents decide to send her to Austria for her own safety. “Persepolis” reveals how warfare and oppression from one’s own government can cause children to lose the things that they valued. Satrapi’s story reveals this because Marji loses her religion faith, herosim, and XX. Warfare and oppression from the government can cause youth to…show more content…
Before the war, Marji dedicates herself to religion. Marji feels she was “born with religion” (Satrapi 6) and “was already sure [she] was the last prophet” (Satrapi 6). Marji values religion and she feels that religion is part of her. Satrapi makes a point to say “this was a few years before the revolution” (Satrapi 6), which highlights how the war is what changes Marji’s view on religion. In these panels, Satrapi depicts herself with a halo of light around her head, which contrasts against how she later depicts herself in the mirror with devil horns when she has a “diabolical feeling of power” (Satrapi 53). The contrast in these images shows that Marji loses her faith in God because of her exposure to violence and war. Marji learns about what happens during her parents’ demonstrations when she wonders “God, where are you” (Satrapi 17) one night. Thought at this point, Marji is still able to find solace “in the arms of her friend [God]” (Satrapi 53) even just a little exposure to the reality of war and violence can shake a child’s faith. God appears less and less to Marji until when the Islamic Regime executes her beloved uncle Anoosh, she tells God

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