12 March 2014

The Uneducated Prophet

This piece of the story starts in the year 1980 , Marjane was 10 & she explains how shortly after "The Islamic Revolution" took place it was mandatory for the kids to wear veils while at school. She then goes on to explain how it all started & her parents participation in it. Before the revolution she was convinced she was the next prophet &  goes on to explain her rules. All she wanted was to be justice, love, & wrath all in one.  After her parents had heard of her plans they bought her many books that educated her about the many revolutionaries of her country. Her favorite one was one called "Dialectic Materialism" , this all made her reconsider becoming the prophet she originally strived to become. Later after over hearing her parents conversation about events that had taken place she eagerly wants in. After a long day protesting her father tells her the truth about how the king came into power.  The story then jumps a couple years into the future around 1984 where Marjane now resides in Austria staying with friends of the family. There for 10 days she then is shipped off to a boarding house run by nuns. While shes there she attends school where shes not fitting in as well as shed hoped.  She befriends her roommate who later on becomes a sister to her. She also makes friends with a group of kids who become interested in her life story. While everyone is on vacation she decides to read & further educate herself. Shortly after she gets kicked out of the boarding school.
Marjane Satrapi has her moments where she feels like a believable character but there are moments for instance where she talks about how she wanted to come a prophet. That gave it the "its just a story" kind of feel.
I feel like Satrapi would tell this story to help her audience get a visual understanding on what happened during her experiences.
Since this comic is written with a strong women main character I feel it would catch more attention because most comics are written with dominant male characters.


1 comment:

  1. Your summary's not bad, Kris, but your answers are really short. Can you explain them a little further, offering some examples from the book?