Study Guide for Decoding Persepolis


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"Decoding Persepolis" takes the reader deep into Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood," offering a comprehensive look into the memoir's exploration of character dynamics, themes, symbolism, and the overarching narrative.

The guide begins by exploring Marjane's intricate relationships with her family and friends, which form the emotional backbone of the story. Throughout the memoir, Marjane navigates a labyrinth of conflicts, mirroring the tumultuous environment of revolutionary Iran. These conflicts range from internal struggles with faith and identity to confrontations with societal norms, the education system, and the broader political turmoil that envelops her country.

This guide examines the author's use of potent symbolism throughout the narrative, using elements like the veil, keys to paradise, and cigarettes to convey repression, manipulation, and rebellion themes. The climax of the story is reached with Marjane's increasing rebellion against societal norms, leading to her parents' decision to send her to Austria. This moment of departure marks a significant transition in her life, symbolizing not just a physical departure but also a departure from childhood."Persepolis" provides a deeply personal glimpse into a critical period of Iranian history, inviting readers to reflect on the intersections of politics, family, and personal development.

Through its exploration of Marjane's growth amidst political upheaval, "Decoding Persepolis" aims to enhance students' understanding of the memoir, unpacking Satrapi's complex themes and narrative strategies.


Publisher - Sherwood Press

Author(s) - Steven Smith


Published Date - September 04 2023

ISBN - 9781964189475

Dimensions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.6 cm

Page Count - 106

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