How Does Marji Change In Persepolis

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“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye- it is very beautiful,” is a popular quote by Kailash Satyarthi. Anyone over the age of fourteen modernizes the idea whenever they say: “When I was a kid; life was much less complicated”. Marjane Satrapi literally illustrates this process in her graphic novel Persepolis as the main character Marji grows because her life becomes much more complicated. Marji transforms from a religious naive and self-centered little girl to a reckless rude and incautious teenager. By the time she is sent to Austria, she is more sentimental and aware of her actions, but not enough to change her ways. Five significant events that take Marji from child to teenager are when her parents begin to demonstrate, when Anoosh dies, when the Iran/Iraq war begins,when Mali’s family stays, and when Marji ditches school. Marji is a little girl living a normal life until her parents begin to demonstrate. Like every other child, Marji copies what she sees her parents do. When Marji’s parents begin to become involved with politics and talk about violent events, Marji tries to become political and gets interested in wars and the idea of revolting. On page 16, Marji asks to come demonstrate with her parents. This request is important because Marji is …show more content…
Her parents’ demonstrations, Anoosh’s death, the Iran/Iraq war’s beginning, Mali’s family staying, and ditching school transforms Marji from child to teenager. She gains hostility, sympathy for victims, and a lack of respect for authority. She loses her religion, a few loved ones, and in the end, her home. Throughout the story though, Marji remains impish, creative, and craves for knowledge. Whether this will help or hurt Marji as she grows from teenager to adult- only time will

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