15 March 2014

Poem about me

By Victoria Soto (2014)

Today was the first day of college
I’m proud that I’ve made it here
In the past I’ve struggled with knowledge
School used to fill me with fear

I come from a broken home
Mom and dad split when I was young
At times I felt all alone
But I knew what I wanted to become

So one day in high school
When I was about to turn sixteen
I decided I wanted to be someone
So I wiped my slate clean

I began to study, study real hard
To prove everyone wrong who said I was a “retard”
I realized that with hard work great things would come
So I’ve been working hard and the greatness has just begun

My professor had asked my class to write a poem about ourselves
But the truth is as the days go on I feel that I am just creating myself
I want to take this opportunity to make a better me
I want to learn all that I can so that someday I can be free

Free from the chains of Brooklyn
Free from the past I’ve learned to hate
I want to see what’s outside of Brooklyn
I want to see the other 49 states

So you would like to know more about the person I call me?
I guess I could sum things up very easily
First off, I’m a young woman though I am only Seventeen
I’m not the most confident but have been working on my self-esteem
The former captain of my school soccer team
A girl that once thought college was just a dream

14 March 2014

Marjane satrapi

1. Yes, I think Marjane is a believable character. The reason
why is because her character shows progression over time. The story showed how marjane changed from being a young girl who talk
s to god often and wanted to be a prophet. The older she got the less she would talk to god and eventually give up on dreams of being a prophet.

2. I think she tell the story show how the revolution of her country affected her life at a young age. The story also showed how the revolution and where she was from affected her life at an older age and away from home.

3. This is a stereotypical coming of age story because. It's about a young girl growing and her perspective of life changing as she gets older.

4. I think this matters because most comics are about men and written by men. This comic being about a young girl is very different from the norm.

The two chapters were about marjane satrapi at two different points in her life. One of the as a young child and the other of her as a teenager living abroad.
In the first chapter marjane wrote about herself as a young girl, and the revolution happening in her country at the time. Also how the revolution affected her and her family.
In the second chapter it's four years later and marjane tell her story living away from home. In this chapter marjane is a teenager living in a boarding school ran by nuns. Marjane made a weird group of friend who found interest in her being from Iran and experiencing the war. Towards the end of the chapter marjane stood up to the head mistress which showed her rebellious side, I think this could be a   huge changing point in the story.

13 March 2014

Persepolis, The Unveiling

       The reading we did of Persepolis shows a young Marjane during the Islamic revolution. Her parents were active protesters, during this time there were many government atrocities. Before the revolution began Marjane was very devout, she even wanted to be a prophet. During the revolution however, she prayed less and less, her faith in god began to lessen. Once the revolution ended, Islamic rule came into effect. Women and girls had to wear the hijab, and any implication of capitalism was shut down by the government. Many were against this new reign, and Marjane and her parents were among them.
        Fast forward to when Marjane is 14 and you see she is no longer in Iran but in Vienna. Her mother sent her to a friends house there because she felt it was safer than where she was. Once there Marjane was very uncomfortable in the atmosphere, soon after her arrival, her mothers friend sent her off to a catholic boarding school. She didn't speak german very well so at first she had issues with language and making friends, she eventually does make friends. Eventually, she is asked to leave the boarding school after a disagreement with a nun, who she then proceeded to call an ex-prostitute. In the end she went to live with one of her friends from the boarding school.
       Marjane seems like a believable character, she's relatable, because every kid wants to be like their parents when theyre little(Persepolis17), and I think every kid atleast for a little believes in god when theyre young. Satrapi told this story, to show that even if she was raised in a third world country, she's still like a regular kid. She also wrote this story to show, especially western culture, that third world countries are not helpless, and most of their problems are created because of western culture. She's still rebellious(Persepolis, 177) and shy and has a hard time making friends(Persepolis,164), just like anyone else. Persopolis is just like any other teen coming of age story, this is a good aspect of the story , because as I said earlier, it makes it relatable to everyone, even if it is from the point of view of someone from an oppressed war torn country. I think its interesting that this graphic novel is written by a woman and giving us a female perspective, because comics are a predominately male business, so for a woman to do it is always interesting. This is also interesting because, even though it's from a "female" point of view, it's not much different from a male perspective. Which shows us agin how relatable this character is to everyone.

This is a creepy nun . Just putting it out there.

Getting higher knowledge with Maryjane...no pun intended

Maryjane in my opinion seemed like a real character. Yeah the things she was saying were kind of odd and mature for her young age but we have to remember she's in a whole other country. People of her culture tend to be really religious and like she said,"I've been religious since I was a baby". I think people think she's not real because in our country and culture religious gets put on the back burner for some reason. While religion is on the back burner boiling vigorously there are people who put things like trends,and who has the latest shoes or coolest clothes ever further on the back burner..not even a burner but in the broiler. That's how much they don't care. Seeing a little girl at 6 calling herself a prophet and her reasoning is comparable to kids wanting to be super hero's. Maryjane said she wanted to be a prophet to help her grandmothers achy knees, I don't know about you guys but I wanted to be a power ranger (the blue ranger) to help the police fight crime and get the bad guys off the streets. Catching my gist? So do I think she's a real character? Yes I surely do. 
(I used this picture to show how serious America doesn't take religion and hoe American artist get praised for it, but if this was in Maryjanes country someone would get beheaded) 


1. Marjane Satrapi is a character that I seem to be a believable character because she express herself to everyone in a vast amount of ways trying to help peoples. She always believe in what she wants to do and she listens to what her parents tell them to do. She always follows the rules even if she doesn't like it or not. Her dreams that she wants to accomplish will not give up since she will want to help others.

 2. The reason for telling this comic story is to show what changes that's accruing and the issues that's developing in revolutionary in Iran. She wants to people to not feel like there out of lost and wants to aware them about the circumstances. She also wants to shoe people what is was like to grow up in her shoes and not to give up on the dreams your chasing for. But to also know the struggle that will occur with different races.

3. The way children were in school was stereotypical were on the basis of the race they belong to as in girls with boys wanted to have there own education. Also to shows that religion was a big part of everything not feeling that girls shouldn't be as smart as they should be compared to guys. I think this is a good aspect of comic  to show the readers what to understand about her life. Also to help them get a better understanding what she went through as a child. Marjane is an important part of this comic since you can understand a lot from her.

4.It matters because there are still some people in this world who still suffers and struggles with racist slur and feel like they do not belong. So it can be helpful to spread a wide amount of help for those who feel like they are going through the same aspect. This will help other girls or even guys who are trying to fulfill something in life and can because of their race or religion. That's  how her comic story can help others who feel they at a end, to gather there thought and do what ever they want to in life without one getting in the way.

This chapter is about Marjane was about her going to school and having to wear a veil and going through a change in her life. such as how they want to abolished boys and girls for there own education. She went from being in a school with boys and girls and then all of the idea of the world she knew changed when they had to wear different clothing from what she was use to. She didn't like to wear it because from when she was little she was very religious so the clothing was different with a veil. Which most people didn't like the fact that is didn't give no freedom to what they was wearing for school and separated from friends. She believed in many different rights that other people did not believe in and was very religious about her life and what she wanted to make a outcome about it. 

Persepolis: Life of Marjane Satrapi.

Persepolis, a sort of autobiography of a young girl growing into the Iran revolution. Marjane seems like a believable character. She had a big imaginations growing up and was born into a very religious home. growing up to wanting to be the last prophet, she was very determined and wanted change a lot of how things went about. but suddenly in 1980 everything changes. All bilingual schools where shut down, Students were veiled and being separated from their friends. In the streets there were protest against these rules. even thought these things where happening she still wanted to be a part and change. Marjane would probably sharethis story with us to allow us a view of how it was for a child to grow up in an environment where everything was changing up quickly & for her personal reasons of wanting us to see how she wanted things to change for 
the better. Apart from just being a story of a girl from an oppressive, war-torn country, Persepolis displays various Stereotyping scenes.
For example when she made spaghetti and took it in a pot to the television room, the mother superior says to her " It's true what they say about Iranians, they have no education." judging her because of race not being aware of hoe smart and educated she really was. I believe it was good for her in put this scene here to give us a taste of how harsh people where to them in a more subtle way. This book has been banded in many places for being from a women point of view about living and growing in the Iran revolution era. This matter because people may think she has no idea of how things really where and because she was really little to understand what was happening and how it has changed since she last been there. It can also be because its written as a comic instead of just words. 


1.Marjane Satrapi is a believable character because she is so passionate. Seeing how the revolution was destroying her people.She strongly believes in fighting for what you believe in. Even as a kid she had ideas of how a revolution can succeed, she says,"For a revolution to succeed, the entire population must support it." (Persepolis pg:17). She has seen the casualties of this Islamic Revolution it would only represent and support the believability of her character. 

2. The reason of writing this story was to show how the Islamic Revolution had impacted not only her life but the Iranian people as well. She wanted to showcase the injustice that was going on and the casualties that were taken for the right for freedom. Persepolis brings a particular graphic style to the autobiographical narrative. The novel it self can be seen as a form of protest or as art.

3. We mature from young girls or boys to women and men through experience.We rebel in our teenage years attempting to mature and begin to live our very own lives apart from our parents, siblings, and even peers.I don't think it is stereotypical in bad way just a way to help understand the story and background of Marjane from an oppressive culture.

4.It's really important to get hear the side of everyone's story or struggles. It's even more important that it's coming from a woman's point of view and its in a comic book medium. It shows how she grows from being struggling in a oppressive stereotypical country to being able to escape and change her own life. It can be quite inspiring to someone in the same situation.

              In 1979 a Revolution took place which was later called the “Islamic Revolution”. Then in 1980 it became mandatory to wear the veil at school. Marjane  wasn’t very fond of wearing the veil. In 1980 all Bilingual school were closed down because they were a symbol of capitalism. Every Night Marjane would have a big discussion with god. One day at school when the teacher asked her what she wanted to be she said a prophet. The teacher thought she was disturbed and called her parents. The Cultural Revolution failed. Marjane received books about the Revolution to enlighten her on what was happening. These books taught her about the children of Palestine, Fidel Castro and the Revolutionaries of her country. That night, the Rex Cinema burned down. Police were there, not allowing people to go in and rescue those who were trapped and they attacked the people who tried to enter. The Shah tried to make the people believe that the massacre was planned by a group of religious fanatics, but the people knew that the Shah was responsible.Marjane heard of a demonstration that was supposed to take place the next day and wanted to go but her parents did not allow her to participate in the demonstration. 
           It starts in late 1984, and Marjane is expecting to stay with Zozo, her mom’s Iranian friend who would take her in and watch over her during her stay in Vienna.Zozo ends up sending Marjane to a boarding house run by nuns, where Marjane befriends her roommate Lucia.Marjane is lonely and doesn’t speak German, but eventually learns and makes a few new friends. Unfortunately, Marjane doesn’t last long at the boarding house, as she calls a nun an ex-prostitute when that nun accuses her of being Iranian and uneducated.

12 March 2014

Persepolis The One The Only

Persepolis The One The Only

Marjane Satrapi’s comic “Persepolis” is a story about a young girl (portraying the author) growing up during The Islamic Revolution in Iran. She faced many unfortunate events while growing up. Bilingual schools were closed down due to the Cultural Revolution. Females were forced to wear a veil, boys and girls where no longer able to go to school together. The police attacked protesters and burned down “The Rex Cinema” while people were locked inside. Nonetheless, the author remained optimistic. During this time, the author talks about how she would have long discussions with God and wanted to be a prophet to change the events that were going on. In addition, she finds out that her grandfather was a prince but then became a communist when he believed things were going down a path he didn’t want to commit to. Due to the fact that the grandfather was a communist, he always got arrested and sometimes placed in cell filled with water. After a couple of years she was sent to Austria to live with her uncle and family until they took her to a boarding school full with nuns. During that times she struggled to adjust and to make no friends.

Marjane Satrapi seems like a believable character because of the fact that she was from an oppressive, war-torn country. She told this story so people could have the chance to read her story and see how it was during that time from her own perspective and experiences. This matters in the comic because she could visually and verbally explains the experiences of a woman during that time, something that no one but a woman could explain. One aspect that made her story believable was the scene where all the girls having to wear the veil at all times. This is a situation that till this day still goes on.

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Marjane Satrapi... The Truth?

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Yes, Marjane Satrapi seems like a believable character to me because she like a lot of 10 year old has a big imagination. Like a lot kids she expresses he opinion when she doesn't like or understand why something is happening. “We didn't really like to wear the veil, especially since we didn't understand why we had to.” Also like a lot of children in school she got bullied by her classmates for something she believed in. “she’s crazy". She also like a lot teens struggles to make friends in school.  I think a reason as to why Satrapi told this story is to give people a different point of view other than that of the media or what the government might have said. Maybe she also told this story to encourage other people who might be going through a similar situation, to speak up and tell their story.  I think this is a stereotypical coming of age story because just because she was born into a religious family and isn't a boy she can’t be a prophet. “I am the last prophet” “a woman?” The fact that it is a woman’s point of view and experiences is amazing. Women in Iran aren't expected to be as educated and capable as men, this might have changed the way the facts would have been given if it was a religious man who would have written the novel differently with his own ideals and values. This is important in the comic because it shows she doesn't think of herself any more or less than a male.  

Persepolis is a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi illustrating the Islamic Revolution in Iran from her childhood up to her early adulthood. The chapter starts of by giving us background information about the beginning of the revolution. The revolution starts in 1979 later called The Islamic Revolution, then came 1980 when it was mandatory for girls to wear veils at school. In the year before they stared wearing the veils, they use to go to a French non-religious boys and girls bilingual school. There were many demonstrations for and against the veil. Later on in the chapter it talks about how group of religious fanatics burned down a movie theater and the Iranian police stood in front of the theater and didn't let anyone rescue the people trapped inside. In the second chapter where she is now a teenager about to start high school, she moves in with her mother’s friend Zozo who lives in Vienna. Zozo sends Marjane to a catholic boarding school. During her time at the boarding school she is given a room with a roommate named Lucia. As time went by she met a friend named Julie, Julie introduces Marjane to her group of friends. When it was time for vacations everyone was going back home, but Marjane couldn't because of the conflict still going on in Iran.  Her roommate invites her over to Tyrol. The chapter ends Marjane being expelled out school because she didn't let mother superior insult her.

Marijane Satrapi (The Prophet?) Persepolis story

Marijane Satrapi is a girl of religion. In 1980 her school requires her to wear a veil. Her classmates were didn't why so they really didn't care,so much they were even playing and joking around with them. Before this happen she was in a non-religious school and boys and girls were together but when 1980 came the bilingual schools closed down. When she was six she believed herself to be a prophet.  She then has these conversations with God every night while she in bed. In school when the teacher asks her on page 8 “what do you want to be when you grow up” she replies by saying “I want to be a prophet”. The teacher calls her parents telling her what happen but they don’t seem to mind at all. She lies to her parents telling them she want to be a doctor. After that she tells God that she will keep it secret and say “I wanted to be Justice, Love and The Wrath Of God All One”. She puts her destiny on hold because of the revolution so she pretends to do fake protesting with her friends. At night her parents talk about a recent explosion and the police didn’t do anything to help instead they had forbidden people to help or rescue the people inside. Anyone who tried to help was attack. Marijane want to go with her parents and protest but they refuse her, as she was taking to bed crying she says “God where are you”. After four years passed and Marijane is now in Austria because she wanted to leave her religious Iran home and moved with her mother’s best friend Zozo but she put her in a house run by nuns. Before going there she meets up with Zozo and her daughter Shrin which is a childhood friend. As Marijane is in the car with Zozo and Shrin she realizes that Shrin has changed a lot in how she is more domesticated. Marijane and her new roommate Lucia start to become friends. As starts her local school she becomes likable with her good grades. She meets a new friend name Julie and quickly become friend with hers. Marijane goes with Lucia to visit her family and now they have become sisters. Marijane was arguing was a nun about her eating u from a pot she decides to move to Julies  house.
I think Marijane is a believable character she seems like a normal person and how she changes her way of thinking as she gets older just like I everyone does. She is telling us this story she want to express her feeling on what she thinks about her life growing up with these different experiences she her life.

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.


Persepolis the Marjane Satrapi Story

Persepolis is about a young girl named Marjane Satrapi who takes us through her life as she explains what she has been through during and after the Islamic Revolution of the 1970 in Iran with her family. She started off the story by telling us about the year her and her fellow students were obligated to wear a veil at school ( as shown on page 3). In the 1980's they declared all bilingual schools must be closed because they were symbols of Capitalism  of decadence which was called " The Cultural Revolution" which young Marjane and few friends were veiled and separated from others. Her mother later joined the demonstrations for and against the veil in the streets. But 10 year old Marjane thought about becoming a prophet  to stop the suffering and to spread justice and love among everyone. This thought later disappeared when she started to see the way of her local political system during the revolution in Iran.
                                 In the year 1954 Marjane had moved to Austria with the idea of leaving Iran's religious ways to a new beginning with her mothers best friend but instead she enrolled her into a boarding school ran by nuns because of her living conditions. Which taught Marjane to fend for herself and grow up a little bit faster. She met a group of new friends that were very interested in the fact she was from Iran and she knew a great amount of history from the war. As everyone went on vacations for Christmas Marjane stayed and read up on books which thought her many things like the history of the commune. She felt she had to educate her self and to understand who she was. Until one day Marjane went to watch TV with the nuns after cooking. She sat down and started to eat out of the pot she had made her meal in and one of the nuns made a remark about Iranians that caused her to call them prostitues which resulted to her leaving the school.
                                  Marjane does in fact seem like a believable character because she actually takes us back into the story of her life and what she had to go through a lot of other books just dive deep into the point and doesn't let our minds wonder whats in the next chapter. I think Satrapi told us this story to give us a better understanding from her perspective as a child which she had to go through the beginning and end of it all. And to show us her common thoughts on the war its self and what was happening.  Persepolis is just a stereo typical coming of the age story because Satrapi was looked over because she was a Iranian. When she left Iran people often judge her off her race and common knowledge of the war. Also Iranians believe men were smarter then boys but she later proved that statement wrong because she kept focused on reading book. its a good thing because the story shows no matter what believe in yourself and you abilities and its also a bad thing because no one should be shown the color of your skin and your sexual orientation should automatically show who you are.
                          For the simple fact that this comic is about a woman's experience and from a woman's point of view. it shows that woman are at the same level as a man and shouldn't be thought of as lesser then that. I really enjoyed reading this book because it gave me the inside life of Marjane and being Irainan going through the Revolution. And it shows me what most Iranians go through throughout the 1980's.

Response To Persepolis Excerpt

Persepolis is the story of a woman by the name of Marjane Satrapi, giving her perception of growing up through an oppressed war torn country, Iran, in the 1970's. The story starts with Marjane, age 10, being forced into change, obligated to wear a veil as well as being separated from male students (bilingual schools were closed down), due to the fact Iran was going through a cultural revolution; "The Islamic Revolution". At the age of six Marjane was set on becoming a prophet, wanting to be "Justice, Love, And The Wrath Of God All In One." (Persepolis, 9) having daily discussions with "God"; telling teachers, as well as her grandmother what her profession would be. After being exposed to the uproar of civil disagreement in Iran for a set amount of time Marjane stated "The Year Of The Revolution I Had To Take Action. So I Put My Prophetic Destiny Aside For A While" (Persepolis, 10) and focused her attention on being part of the revolution. Learning that the government had take action on the revolt by citizens (Police burning down The Rex Cinema) from her parents she wanted to take action also, at this point "God" left her side. After leaving Iran Marjane goes to Australia with her mothers best friend, ZoZo. Her daughter Shirin was more modernized where she was into scented & colored lipstick and earmuffs, causing Marjane to say "What A Traitor! While People Were Dying In Our Country, She Was Talking To Me About Trivial Things." (Persepolis, 156). ZoZo eventually sent Marjane to a Nun boarding school, where she was somewhat of an outcast for a period of time. After meeting her group whom consisted of "An eccentric, a punk, two orphans, and a third-worlder" (Persepolis, 167) she befriends Julie and eventually gets expelled from the school and goes to live with Julie. Before her expulsion Marjane states "To educate myself, I had to understand myself, I had to understand everything. Starting with myself, me, Marjane, the woman." (Persepolis, 175).

From this excerpt I see Marjane as a believable character due to the fact it sounds like a real person being torn between culture, family, personal life, and issues (In this case war). It is unique that Satrapi choose to tell this story in this way; having a female play the main character first and foremost because there aren't many comics derived from a female point of view showing forms of how a female feels (attitude, reason, and trying to be male-like; trying to urinate standing up), this in itself shows shows micro-aggression towards females; giving a form of stereotype to women. Additionally Satrapi gives an insight to the reader on how a child can constantly be affected by environment, society, and their own personal experiences; Marjane puts down her Prophetic Destiny to focus on her environment (war) and that mentality follows her years later where she feels as if Shirin is a traitor for talking about lipstick and earmuffs. Then prior to her expulsion Marjane states "To educate myself, I had to understand myself, I had to understand everything. Starting with myself, me, Marjane, the woman." (Persepolis, 175) again showing how she switches her attention to now not war or environment but her own self understanding. This gives a form of realism to the character which the reader can connect to on some basis.

- This image reflects the affect society can have on one; the mixture of a woman first and foremost smoking, gun shells wrapped over head and shoulders, cigarette packet logo, and blood stains and wraps shows strength, struggle, and a form of nonchalant. There is also the elements of the rose which signifies delicate, purity, and simplicity and her eyes which signifies pain, yet a bit of deceit.
-It reminds me of Marjane because based of the excerpts, she is warped in more ways than she ever thought she could be just through her life events.

Summary of Persepolis and Related Questions

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11.     Marjane Satrai does seem like a believable character to me but she is definitely a very unique character.  She actually reminds me a little bit of people I’ve known in many ways.  For example, I went to middle school with a boy once who had moved here from Europe.  He had moved here knowing very little English in the beginning.  Just like Marji in the story, he did not have many friends at first and struggled because he could to not communicate correctly.  Just like Marji he made “friends” with some people who weren’t the best choice of friends. Many hung out with him because they enjoyed laughing at the foreign boy.   When the students lied to Marji and taught her that the word ruler was dick I remembered how my classmates did similar things to this boy.  There were some very awkward moments in class because this boy was taught to use curse words without knowing it. I remember one time a boy escorted him to the girl’s locker room for gym class. He went into the locker room and caused quite a scene. He acted like he had no idea it was the wrong locker room and I wonder to this day if he was just playing dumb.  The truth is he was always smarter than the boys who were doing these things to him and I remember always seeing him with a book just like Marji, who was always reading.  As the years went on he learned more English it was obvious how bright he actually was.  I remember he began to voice his opinion about how materialistic and spoiled we were as Americans.  He would make fun of anyone for spending their money on things like Jordans and expensive glasses.

22.     I think Satrai tells this story partly because she wants the world outside of her home country to know what she and people like her have been through. Nowadays everyone is so consumed with their own lives and many younger people do not pay attention to big events happening outside of their own country or even city.  By telling her story through a graphic novel she may be able to spread the truth about her life to more people than through other forms of literature.  The pictures add extra details and help make it easier to understand all she has gone through. It also can help other young children who moved to new foreign places. It gives them someone they can relate to.

33.     I think this is a stereotypical coming-of-age story because in many ways Marji is a young girl who is getting older and becoming more of a rebel as time goes on.  This is very typical of teenage girls. As we mature I feel like many of young adults start to question things such as authority figures (|like the nuns) and I guess this is all typical of a young girl trying to find herself and make meaning of her life.  She was struggling making new friends in a new place much like I felt when I first started high school.

44.     I feel that since this novel was written from a woman’s point of view it actually made me enjoy what I was reading more. I felt like I could relate to it a little better than probably some of my male classmates can. Also, the majority of comic books have been written from a male point of view. We all know about Superman and Bat Man but not many of us know about woman characters from comics.  This makes this comic unique.

Summary of Persepolis Part 1

The story starts with Marji the main character telling us about what life was like growing up in her home country of Iran.  Before the Islamic Revolution, she had a pretty good life full of freedom but after the revolution her life changed drastically. She was no longer allowed to go to school with boys, could no longer go to a bilingual school to learn French, and had to wear a veil on her head everyday.   This was hard for her to understand as a kid because she could not understand why things were changing so drastically.  This made me think about what my life would be like if our government made sudden changes like this in the United States.  It made me realize how lucky I am to be born in America.  She then explained how many people such as her parents began to protest against the government that was forcing these changes and that her mother was scared for her safety because her picture was all over the newspaper protesting.  Marji seems to have an extreme interest in religion and tells everybody that she is the last prophet.  She even made her own Holy Book.  Some people like her teacher think she is crazy for thinking this way but her family seems to accept and love her anyway. 
In the next chapter, we learned about Marji’s love for reading.  Honestly, I felt a little stupid because I do not know many of the historical figures eh was reading about but I do remember some of the important ones from my high school history classes.  Marji also claims that she has such a close relationship with God that he likes to visit her from time to time.  In this chapter, Marji also talks about some of the horrible things the government did to her people such as burning down a movie theater full of people.  Marji begs her parents to let her help them and the other people of Iran protest against the government.  Her parents basically don’t take her seriously because she is so young and force her to go back to bed. She felt very upset and did not understand why god was not listening to her wishes this time.

Summary of Persepolis Part 2

            In the next chapter, Marji makes a comment about how she likes the King. Her father could not believe what she said an informed her of the real reason this man was made King. He stressed to her that god did not choose her.  He explained about how corrupt politicians from Europe helped him gain power in order to make sure they could profit off of Iran. He then explained to her that her Grandpa used to be a prince. She talked about how he was stripped of his title of Prince but was then made Prime Minister because he was so educated.  However, her Grandpa did not agree with the new governments policies and actually became a communist. He ended up being thrown in jail multiple times for resisting this new government.
            In another chapter we had to read it talked all about Marji’s experience in Austria. She moved there to escape the horrors of Iran thinking she was going to have a new fresh start living with her moms best friend. The truth is she ended up getting put in a boarding house ran by nuns.  This was her first time having to live in a room with another person and she ended up getting a roommate named Lucia.  I believe that Marji went through a big period of growth while in Austria. She was forced to meet new friends, was forced to learn a new language and was forced to learn how to live on her own. I laughed went she went food shopping at Aldi’s because that is my supermarket of choice in Sheepshead Bay. They actually just opened one around the corner from me. In the beginning, it seemed like her roommate Lucia and her might not have been able to become close friends due to them speaking different languages. Lucia ended up inviting Marji to go on vacation to visit her parents in Austria. After this trip Marji starts to see Lucia as a sister.
            The last chapter was an interesting one. Marji ended up making the Head Nun at the boarding house angry. She was caught eating in the television room while eating out of a pot. The Head Nun ended up offending Marji by saying, ”Its true what they say about Iranians. They have no education.”  Marji responded, “It’s true what they say about you too. You were all prostitutes before becoming nuns!”  As a result of what she said, Marji was kicked out of the boarding house.  I honestly don’t know how I would have reacted if I was Marji. Even though I don’t believe in mouthing off to my superiors I know I would have been extremely heated if someone said something like that to me.

Marjane Satrapi,The Intrepid

1. Marjane Satrapi is definitely a believable character to me because she expresses her thoughts freely for what she believes in, as she said "I wanted to be justice, love and the wrath of god all in one" (Persepolis, pg:9). She also  acts upon whatever her parents tell her. Moreover, the way she has depicted her life and that revolutionary time period in Iran, actually involved me into and felt real which indicates her as a believable character.

2. The reason for telling this story is to show the changes and circumstances took place in her life during and after islamic Revolution in Iran. She also wants to aware people that what was actually going on during that time period in Iran. She openly discussed about leaders and Government to show what were people going through and what the actual situation was. Another reason could be the transformation in her life, like turning from a girl who wears veil and depends on parents to an independent girl.

3. The way children were segregated in school on the basis of gender differences and the restrictions on women because of the race they belong to, shows that somewhere Persepolis is a stereotypical coming-of-age story. I'm not sure whether its good or a bad aspect of comic but as a reader it was helpful to understand the background Marjane belonged to and also as an important part of its theme.

4.It matters because there are still some people in this world who live according to their stereotypical style. So it can be helfull to spread a message about women empowerment. However, this comic also shows the transformation in Marjane's life when she moved to Vienna and have freedom which is really adventurous. So people can relate it to their life experience , they way their life changed . That's how it can be helpful for them to make decisions and also can make them to think what they want from their lives as marjane found out her way.

In Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi is representing her life while explaining the circumstances she faced during and after the Islamic Revolution in Iran,. In 1980, she was 10 years old, she was forced to wear veil and the co-education system was abolished by strict ruler. However, as a kid, she had faith that she could stop suffrage through love and justice by becoming a prophet but this religious view point of her somewhere vanished when she started to observe more political situations and cruel behavior of ruler (Shah) which were taking place during that time period of revolution in Iran. She was more focused on political issues and leaders than her faith towards Islam.
After 4 years, In 1984, she moved to Vienna to stay at her mother's friend home but because of their family issues she went to boarding House runs by nuns. She met her roommate Lucia and made new friends at school. Now, she was independent, she did her shopping and bought food. Moreover,new  language(German) was still an issue for her but her friends helped her. She started to have good time with friends. Then Christmas vacation arrived, where all of her friends made plans to have fun she decided to read books. That's how she spent her vacation while reading books and eating pasta. One day, when she was eating spaghetti in a pot while watching TV. One of nuns, insulted her by saying that Iranians have no education but Marjane talked back and said that they were all prostitutes before becoming nuns. At the end, she got dismissed from Boarding House but she managed to stay at her friend's(julie) home.

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As Told by Marjane

"And that was that..." says Marjane Satrapi in 1980 about the requirement of wearing a veil to school and the separation of bilingual schools in Iran. Just 10 years old and Marjane witnesses a "cultural revolution" before her eyes; her own parents even took part in the demonstrations. She felt torn between the modern world and the Islamic world. She says by the age of 6 she knew that she wanted to be a prophet. She kept with this idea for a while; she found herself talking to God often. Ironically, when she felt she needed him most, he did not come talk with her. Fast forward to her teenage years, Marjane is now moving with her mother's best friend, Zozo, to escape "religious Iran." Eventually, Zozo felt the house wasn't big enough so she sent Marjane to a boarding school in Vienna. As Marjane thought she left "religious Iran," she found herself living with nuns. Marjane found herself a group of "friends," who really only wanted to hear of her stories about war and death. Then vacation time came. Having nowhere else to go, Marjane went  with her roommate Lucia, whom she wasn't too fond of at first but became very close to her and her family after that trip. Marjane then decided to spend vacations at school to read in order to educate herself. Marjane ended up getting expelled due to a remark she made to the nun and moved with her friend Julie. 

I think that Marjane, as a character, is more believable as a 14 year old than as a 10 year old. I say this because I can't think of any 6 year old, in the middle of a demonstration or not, that would want to be a prophet or a 10 year old that plays "revolution" with their friends in a yard. I think that her, at 14, having to move due to the events taking place in Iran, living on her own at boarding school, and trying to educate herself so she can actually revolt due to childhood is more believing. I believe she tells this story to further educate people on what took place in Iran in her childhood. She may have also wrote it because it was personal to her being that her parents did partake in the demonstrations. She says "at one of the demonstrations, a German journalist took a photo of my mother. I was really proud of her. Her photo was published in all the European magazines."  The story is a typical coming of age story because she left Iran to escape oppression and finds herself in another religious place. In this she finds comfort in reading in order to educate herself so that she can rebel, instead of simply witnessing it. Although she did not rebel in Iran, she rebels against the nuns in eating out of her pot and calling them prostitutes, which is extreme because nuns are considered as holy and pure. I think that the story being told by a woman is important because women in middle eastern cultures go through more than men because they are women. It is said that women are not as strong as men, mentally and physically, and in the story, Marjane thinks of herself as equal to all regardless of sex and race; she expressed at a young age to her parents that she wanted to partake in the demonstrations with them. 

Persepolis (the brave)

1. Yes Marjane satrapi does seem like a believable character to me. She seems like a believable character because she acts like a normal girl. She listens to what her parents tell her to do, she goes to school, she follows the rules, she also likes to express herself and what she believes in. She also loves her family and has many dreams. One being her wanting to be a prophet when she gets older. 
2. The reason Satrapi would tell this story is because she wants to tell and express her life to other people and she also wants to show what it is like living and growing up in her shoes. She wants other people to know what it was like for her chasing her dreams and going after what she wants. Also she wants people to know the struggles she had to face. 

3. This is a stereotypical coming-of-age story because she was judges and mistreated sometimes. Just because of her race. Just because she was a girl her race didn't believe she should be as smart as boys. She put her nose in books and read all she could to prove that was wrong and she could be just as knowledgeable as men. 

4. Because the comic is told from a woman's point of view and is about a woman's experience some men won't want to read the comic because they will think the comic is for woman and is to girly to read. This also matters in a comic because most comics are written by men and based on a mans experience. So to have a comic written by a woman is a big deal and it is also based on a woman's experience. It is very impowering for women. A lot of woman and young girls can relate to her story.  

This chapter is about Marjane going to school and having to wear a veil and going through a change in her life. She went from being in a school with boys and girls and then all of a sudden it changed and all the girls had to wear veils this all happened when she turned 10. This happened because of the Islamic revolution it happened in 1979. No one really liked to wear the veil because they didn't know why they had to wear it. There was many demonstrations for and aganist the veil. The school was for it. The people were against it saying it took away from their freedom. In 1980 the cultural revolution took place and Marjane was separated from her friends and placed in a different school. Marjane was born with religion. at the age of six she already believed she was the last prophet. she wanted to become one. She believed in many different rights that other people did not believe in. She was very religious for a young girl. 

First Post! Response to Persepolis Excerpts

For our first blog post, we're going to spend a little more time on Marjane Satapi's Persepolis, answering these questions in addition to a brief summary of the chapters we read.

These questions should get us thinking about what it means to write a visual/verbal memoir:

  1. Does Marjane Satrapi seem like a believable character to you? Why?
  2. Why would Satrapi tell this story? 
  3. Apart from this being a story about a girl from an oppressive, war-torn country, how is Persepolis just a stereotypical coming-of-age story? Is that a good or bad aspect of the comic?
  4. This novel is about a woman’s experience from a woman’s point of view, so how and why might that matter in a comic?
Be sure to cite examples from the text. And keep your answers to these questions in mind as you write your own Personal Narrative.

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

References: These questions were adapted from Maureen Bakis' The Graphic Novel Classroom.

Update: Here's the link to the video we began watching in class, in case you'd like to see the rest!