Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis, is an autobiography about her life during the Iranian Revolution and war. The film version of Persepolis is quite similar, however, the intention of the film is slightly different than the book. The book has many detailed panels that tell more of a dramatic story of Marjane’s life, while the film is less dramatic and detailed.
The graphic narrative Persepolis uses black and white comics to tell the story of Marjane’s life. The drawings in the pictures are cartoons, however the pictures have lots of meaning and purpose behind them for the reader to think about. For example, in the chapter, “The Sheep”, the last panel in the chapter on page 71 shows young Marjane floating through space. This picture has a deeper meaning than a just girl in her pajamas floating. She felt lost and alone because her uncle had just died and she felt abandoned. Persepolis allows the reader to decide for themselves what the real purpose and meaning of the drawings are. The novel shows the reader the difficult times that people went through in Iran, and really helps the reader understand through the pictures. The pictures make the reader slow down and take their time to think about the meanings in the pictures. The images in the book make the reader feel.
The film Persepolis stays true to the style and tone of the book, but has a slightly different intention than the novel does. The book is entirely black and white, while the film has some scenes in color. The film is more about the Iranian revolution and less emotional than the novel. It lacked details that were included in the novel. The film left out many scenes when Marjane was in Austria. This is a pretty big part in the book, because it shows Marjane’s transition from childhood to adulthood and all the challenges she endured while in Austria. The film also left out a few characters from the book. The family’s maid, Mehri, who was a good friend of Marjane’s, was never mentioned in...
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