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Read: Persepolis by Marijane Satrapi
Prompt for Reflection
For this, write a 250-300-word reflection on Satrapi’s graphic novel. In your writing, include the following
Part 1: Why do you think Satrapi choose the genre of a graphic novel to tell her story? Choose a page of
Persepolis from which to analyze all the visual and rhetorical choices Satrapi makes on that page. Using
graphic novel vocabulary listed below, analyze the page for the meanings and themes that Satrapi is
attempting to express.
Graphic Novel Elements
● Panels: squares or rectangles that contain a single scene
● Gutters: space between panels
● Dialog Balloons: contain communication between/among characters
● Thought Balloons: contain a character’s thoughts
● Captions: contain information about a scene or character
● Sound Effects: visual sound clues i.e.. Wonk! Pow!
● Bleed: text and pictorial icons establishing action outside of any perimeters; creates a feel of
limitless action and suspended time
Part 2: identify a theme/concept in the story and make a claim about why it is significant in the book. Refer to
specific passages in the book that represent the theme/concept to support your claim. In other words, the
reflection for this week should resemble a mini-essay where you have a central claim and supporting
evidence from the text. End your reflection with a question for your classmates to consider.
Do not summarize the text. One way to begin your reflection is to ask a probing question and then try to
answer it using evidence from the text and your interpretations of specific passages. You may use first person
in your writing if you, indeed, refer to yourself. You may include personal anecdotes or observations but be
sure to demonstrate their relevance to the text.
Reflective writing looks back at the text and tries to understand it better by seeing connections within the text,
to your own life, and to the larger social or cultural context.
To my parents
n the second millennium B.C., while the Elam nation was developing a
civilization alongside Babylon, Indo-European invaders gave their name to
the immense Iranian plateau where they settled. The word “Iran” was derived
from “Ayryana Vaejo,” which means “the origin of the Aryans.” These people
were semi-nomads whose descendants were the Medes and the Persians. The
Medes founded the first Iranian nation in the seventh century B.C.; it was later
destroyed by Cyrus the Great. He established what became one of the largest
empires of the ancient world, the Persian Empire, in the sixth century B.C. Iran
was referred to as Persia — its Greek name — until 1935 when Reza Shah, the
father of the last Shah of Iran, asked everyone to call the country Iran.
Iran was rich. Because of its wealth and its geographic location, it invited
attacks: From Alexander the Great, from its Arab neighbors to the west, from
Turkish and Mongolian conquerors, Iran was often subject to foreign
domination. Yet the Persian language and culture withstood these invasions.
The invaders assimilated into this strong culture, and in some ways they
became Iranians themselves.
In the twentieth century, Iran entered a new phase. Reza Shah decided to
modernize and westernize the country, but meanwhile a fresh source of wealth
was discovered: oil. And with the oil came another invasion. The West,
particularly Great Britain, wielded a strong influence on the Iranian economy.
During the Second World War, the British, Soviets, and Americans asked Reza
Shah to ally himself with them against Germany. But Reza Shah, who
sympathized with the Germans, declared Iran a neutral zone. So the Allies
invaded and occupied Iran. Reza Shah was sent into exile and was succeeded by
his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was known simply as the Shah.
In 1951, Mohammed Mossadeq, then prime minister of Iran, nationalized the
oil industry. In retaliation, Great Britain organized an embargo on all exports
of oil from Iran. In 1953, the CIA, with the help of British intelligence,
organized a coup against him. Mossadeq was overthrown and the Shah, who
had earlier escaped from the country, returned to power. The Shah stayed on
the throne until 1979, when he fled Iran to escape the Islamic revolution.
Since then, this old and great civilization has been discussed mostly in
connection with fundamentalism, fanaticism, and terrorism. As an Iranian who
has lived more than half of my life in Iran, I know that this image is far from
the truth. This is why writing Persepolis was so important to me. I believe that
an entire nation should not be judged by the wrongdoings of a few extremists. I
also don’t want those Iranians who lost their lives in prisons defending
freedom, who died in the war against Iraq, who suffered under various
repressive regimes, or who were forced to leave their families and flee their
homeland to be forgotten.
One can forgive but one should never forget.
Paris, September 2002
Translation of first part of Persepolis: Mattias Ripa
Translation of second part of Persepolis: Blake Ferris
Supervision of translation: Marjane Satrapi and Carol Bernstein
Lettering: Celine Merrien and Eve Deluze
Persepolis, translation copyright © 2003 by L’Association, Paris, France
Persepolis 2, translation copyright © 2004 by Anjali Singh
All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Pantheon Books, a division of
Random House, Inc., New York, and in Canada by Random House of Canada, Limited,
The Complete Persepolis was originally published in the United States in two separate
Pantheon Books and colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Satrapi, Marjane, [date]
The complete Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi.
Contains the author’s Persepolis (2003) and Persepolis 2 (2004)
1. Satrapi, Marjane, [date]—Comic books, strips, etc. I. Satrapi, Marjane, [date]
Persepolis 2. English. II. Title.
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