b. In her introduction to Persepolis, Satrapi offers a brief history of Iran before stating the following: “Since then, this old and great civilization has been discussed mostly in connection with fundamentalism, fanaticism, and terrorism. As an Iranian who has lived more than half of my life in Iran, I know that this image is far from the truth. This is why writing Persepolis was so important to me. I believe that an entire nation should not be judged by the wrongdoings of a few extremists.” In what ways does Satrapi counter these often stereotypical views of her country? In your response, reference those parts of the book that best illustrate her desire to show that Iranians are like people everywhere, leading normal lives and having similar hopes and dreams.
c. A unique feature of Satrapi’s Persepolis is its ability to convey story, to evoke emotion, and to construct reality through images. What is gained by the telling of this memoir through images? What might be lost, or at least less effective, if told through words alone? In your response, mention some of the images from the book that you find to be particularly powerful or interesting, and explain how they add to the book’s impact.