Hi in Persepolis
Use examples from the book citing page numbers. Analyze in depth. Focus on depth, not breadth. (No summaries or reviews. ) Stories should consider Satrapi’s style, substance and themes. Use dialog and convey with action and description what Satrapi does in pictures. Remember to indent with each new Themes for your story or essay: 1. Explore how conflicting extreme events shape a childhood — such as loving parents, exile and war.
In an Associated Press interview, Satrapi said, “The only thing I hope is that people will read my book and see that this abstract thing, this Axis of Evil, is made up of individuals with lives and hopes. And in her introduction to Persepolis, she explains that she wrote the book to show that Iran is not only a country of “fundamentalism, fanaticism, and terrorism. ” Think about how Satrapi goes about challenging this myth? Does Persepolis dispel or confirm your views on Iran? In an ESSAY, think about ways does Persepolis deepens your understanding and knowledge of Iran. In a STORY, challenge a social/cultural myth by showing the complex dynamics. 3. In an essay or story, explore the contrasts of captivity/freedom and oppression/resistance.
What stifles or prevents people from being completely free? How do they circumvent and defy the rules imposed on them and attempt to live ordinary lives despite extraordinary circumstances? Give some examples of their small acts of rebellion. 4. Explore the social roles and restraints on woman in Persepolis. Compare and contrast the various women. In an essay focus on the women in the book. In a story, you can explore another social context in which women (or another group) navigate complex social roles. 5. Explore the themes of role models/heroes such as Uncle Anoosh’s and Grandmother.
How do they shape Marji (in an essay) or your character (in your story). How are they inspiring and how are they hard to live up, potentially bringing shame? 6. Think about what Satrapi is suggesting about the relationship between past and present, and between national and personal history? What role does her family history, and the stories of her relatives, play in shaping Marji OR your character? 7. Write about the impact of social class. Consider what Satrapi depicts about disparity between the classes before and after the Iranian Revolution?
In a story, depict social class shifts in our own society. 8. Towards the end of the book, Marjane refers to the people’s fear of the Islamic Commission: “It’s only natural! When we’re afraid, we lose all sense of analysis and reflection. Our fear paralyzes us. Besides, fear has always been the driving force behind all dictators’ repression”. In an essay, how do Marjane and her compatriots deal with fear in their daily lives? In a story, consider ways fear controls your characters? 9. Towards the end we have a portrait of a marriage.
It’s demise is not painted as being the fault of one person or the other. From a psychological and social perspective, explore the marriage. A story can depict the demise or unlikely success of a complex relationship. 10. In the end, Marjane is caught between two worlds. Is she Iranian or European – or something else altogether? What is her ultimate decision and what meaning/s do you get out of it. Also, your story can explore navigating between two worlds or cultures. 11. Remember, I am open to your own ideas. Share them with me.