Persepolis QW 1: Hero

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Date QW Written: February 23, 2015

Prompt: (TBA)


In Persepolis, Marjane at a young age decided that a hero is anyone who has suffered for a just cause. Since the beginning, we realize one of Marjane’s hero is God. Marjane had wanted to become the last prophet of God because her maid did not eat at the table, her father drove a Cadillac, and her grandmother’s knees hurt. At such an innocent and young age, Marjane’s noble ideals reflected a purity she associated with God. However, once Marjane slowly steps into the world of politics and warfare, her idea of a hero slightly changes. 

Soon enough, Marjane meets her uncle Anoosh, who had been a political prisioner under the Shah’s regime since he had decided to support the new republic. With time done in prison, a right and just reason, and a kindness to her, Marjane labels Anoosh as a true hero. At that time, Marjane still believed heroism was still based on time in prison, based  off her comparison of Anoosh versus, her friend, Laly’s father who was also a prisoner. 

Unlike her uncle, Marjane’s father was not viewed as a hero. Marjane literally says, “my father was not a hero” (Satrapi 54) and claims he would have been if he had done time in prison. Although she never comments on the heroism in her mother, Marjane sees her Mother’s will to fight for the revolution when she encourages Marjane to go on their last demonstration when Marjane was older. 

Although Marjane’s definition of a hero does not visibly change in the graphic novel, we see how Marjane’s views grow more complex as she’s growing up. Staying true to a novel of growing up, Marjane’s views no longer remain only black and white but an array of grays in between. 

Score: 18

Note: As a sophomore, I seemed to love modifiers, prepositional phrases, and run-on sentences. 


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