Essay on Marjane Satrapi 's ' Persepolis '

1259 Words Feb 25th, 2016 6 Pages
In the novel, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, sympathy is generated in the characters. All through the novel, Satrapi is able to communicate and generate sympathy in characters through the use of visual representations in the format of a graphic novel. A graphic novel is defined as a narrative work in which the story is told to the reader using sequential art. Satrapi characterizes many characters in the novel with having sympathy for one another and having sympathy because of the many problems in the community such as the Islamic Revolution which is occurring at the time that this novel was written. The Islamic Revolution refers to the events involving the overthrow of the Pahlavi dynasty under the Shah Mohammad. Moreover, the Islamic republic was under Ayatollah, who is the leader of the revolution. With the use of frames and drawings with minimal text, Satrapi is able to give the reader a different type of textual interpretation. Satrapi is able to communicate this different type of textual interpretation with the use of black and white background and due to each page of the novel having six to eight panels demonstrating her childlike understanding of the world. Although Satrapi communicates sympathy in many other ways, Satrapi is able to best generate sympathy with the use of visual representations, dark imagery and with the use of a child-like understanding of the world.

Satrapi is able to best generate sympathy with the use of visual representations. On page 66 panel…

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