Analytical Journal Persepolis

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What struck me most in Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis was the idea of childhood innocence being lost and the emotional change that occurs when becoming an adult. I will analyse the emotional transformation of Marji during the time of rebellion in Iran. Specifically, there is a pivotal moment in the book when Marji finds one of her uncle’s cigarettes and smokes it as an act of rebellion against her mother and this is the scene I will be focusing on. The whole story leading up to this moment has been Marji hearing societal views from her family and her peers rather than developing them on her own. Through the rebellion against her mother, she is paving a path for her independence and individual views towards conflict. This shows the pivotal transition from a once innocent and clueless child a much more mature and grown independent woman forming opinions and views for herself.
The first image of the scene shows Marji with a lit cigarette in her mouth. She says, “As for me, I sealed my act of rebellion against my mother’s dictatorship by smoking the cigarette.” (117) This image marks the beginning of her innocence being lost as she turns into a woman who is able to form her own views and commits acts of resistance against values she does not agree with. This small act of rebellion with the cigarette is a direct correlation with Marji’s desire to grow up in society and become independent. The expression on her face shows not only her rebellion towards a dictator that is her mother but also a higher dictator that is the theocratic government. The theocratic government would not allow for her modernistic views and view her smoking a cigarette as an act against them. They instead force upon a fundamentalist view of Islamic tradition.
When Marji inhales the cigarette, we begin to see the fear she has on face as she realizes how hard the transition from child to…...

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