Marjane Satrapi Essay

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In a country where rights are rare, and there is little to no separation of church and state, one author chose to put a lighter side to the repression: Marjane Satrapi. She told the story of her childhood through the Islamic revolution in her bestselling graphic novel Persepolis. Marjane decided to go into cartoons because “Images are a way of writing, when you have the talent to both write and draw it seems like a shame to choose one.” Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist and author of the bestselling Persepolis, and Embroideries known around the world because of her new perspective on life.
Satrapi was born in Rasht, Iran on November 22, 1969, and grew up in the capital, Tehran. The ...view middle of the document...

She tries to give both sides of the story, not just the one that people are familiar with. Stereotypically, Americans and people in western countries tend to believe that all people in the Middle East are terrorists, and Marjane Satrapi shows the perspective of a young girl in the Islamic revolution that was very much against the beliefs that many westerners think all people from the Middle East share. Because of the different perspective, Persepolis is often in classroom sets and read during High School.
Growing up in the Islamic revolution influenced the writing of Marjane Satrapi greatly, and that is what she mostly based her autobiography off of, and she also based her writing from family life, like in Embroideries, a book about a dinner conversation with her family. Embroideries is also a look at the lives of Iranian women, and their opinions on nearly everything relating to relationships. Persepolis is’ based on her childhood, and the perspective of a teenager in the Islamic Revolution, her opinions, and life experiences. She gave her perspective on not just the general part of the revolution, but also smaller events within the revolution.
Marjane Satrapi became internationally known because of her graphic novel Persepolis, which offered the perspective of an Iranian being affected by the Islamic Revolution. The Persepolis series was a huge success, and because of this, she was able to have it translated and published in several different countries. Her other books were also published internationally, but mostly because of Persepolis’ success. She has also been nominated for an Oscar for her film version of Persepolis, and won second place for best film of the year. Since becoming internationally known, Marjane has been on interviews with Stephen Colbert, and many others.
In general, Marjane Satrapi has gotten excellent reviews from nearly everyone for her works. For her autobiography, the overall rating is around 4 stars, and most people who have read any of Satrapi’s books, especially Persepolis, say that they just decided to read the book for a short bit, and could not put it down once they started reading. Marjane Satrapi’s books almost all offer a new perspective on life that most people have not thought of before. Embroideries also got very...

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