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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
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Chelsea Smith This is such a wonderful book! The way Marjane Satrapi uses the comic strip idea to tell her story is a way of adding humor to this dark time in her life. It focuses on the obstacles she encounters as a rebellious young girl growing up in this world of rules, protests, demonstrations, and revolution. When we meet Marjane, it is 1980 and the very beginning of what would later be called “The Islamic Revolution.” She is having an issue with women and young ladies having to wear a veil in order to protect themselves from rape. Along with other classmates they make fun of the veil. She draws a scene to show all the young girls making fun of and going against wearing the veil. There are many scenes just like this one that show what Marjane and those that surround her are going through during this Revolution. In many ways, the audience experiences Marjane’s struggles and her determination to become a better person and live a better life that what she has to live. This could speak to many people who are experiencing difficulties and need to understand the determination it takes to overcome obstacles. Even though she tells the audience of such horrible things she has witnessed and heard of, she does not let it stop her from getting through the difficult times to bigger and better things for herself. I really enjoyed this book. Since I have had personal struggles here lately, I was able to relate to Marjane’s problems and see her determination which makes me know that I can overcome all that is going on.

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