Reflections on Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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We have already discussed Iran under the Pahlavi Dynasty since 1925. “Introduction” to Persepolis also briefly explains the modern history of the country. So, you don’t need to do any additional research or cite any sources on Iran for this assignment.( I attached the powerpoint for lecture of Iran)

This is a critical book review assignment. Please make sure that you don’t just summarize the book. I want you to analyze it critically with your own comments. Please avoid direct quotations from the book and use your own words.  

Your paper should be

·  in an essay format

·  4 pages, not including the appendix page with images (see below)

·  typed and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font

·  printed one sided (hard copy is due on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the beginning of the class

·  electronic copy uploaded on Folio by 11 P.M. on the same day (Please note that this is a part of the assignment)

Content of Your Paper 

In your introductory paragraph, you will introduce the book and briefly explain what it is about. You can start with a sentence like this: “In her 2003 graphic novel, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Marjane Satrapi introduces the revolutionary changes in Iran in the 1970s through a child’s eyes….”

The rest of the paper will be your analysis/review of the book. Please answer following questions in your paper:  

1)  What does Marjane, as a child, think of the shah of Iran? What were the political views of her family members during reign of the shah?

2)  Considering the fact that the anti-shah movement paved eventually the way for an Islamic state, does Marjane regret that they had been against the Shah whose regime was more “modern” or “Western,” if not democratic?

3)  How can you describe Marjane’s family? If she had been born into a different family from a different social class (i.e. a more conservative lower class family) do you think her book would have given a different account of what happened in Iran in 1979? If yes, how?

4)  Why were Marjane and her family disappointed with the new regime after the fall of the shah in 1979?

5)  How did people show their loyalty or opposition to the new Islamic regime? What kind of activities or objects, forbidden or restricted by the new regime, became the symbols of freedom in Iran after 1979?

6)  How is America or American culture depicted throughout the book?

7)  Marjane talks about her country’s war with Iraq? According to the book, how did the war impact the Islamic regime and its opponents, like Marjane herself, in Iran? 

8)  In the book, we see men and women representing the Islamic regime. Which ones, men or women, do you think, limit the freedom of Marjane most? Are there any “good” or “sympathetic” characters that are on the side of the Islamic regime?

9)  At the end of the book, Marjane leaves her family and her country for Austria. If you were in her shoes, would you leave your country for your own freedom, or stay and struggle for the freedom of all Iranians?

10)  In your conclusion paragraph, please tell me what you think of the genre of the book, a graphic novel.  Would it be more or less influential, if it was a written in a classic novel style?

11)  What is the lesson you have learned from this book?

In your paper, you are expected to refer to 2 or 3 images from the book to support your arguments. Please scan those images from the book and add them to your paper in an additional appendix page (in addition to 4 pages of text). In the text, you can refer to them like this: “(see Image 1 in Appendix)”

Once you finish your paper, please proofread it to make sure it is well written with no typos or grammatical errors.  

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