Persepolis

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Throughout time great examples of art have been made by human kind, however very few have been made by women. There is an evident in the art world, never the less, the last century has seen an increase in women in the arts in America and the world. The largest section of the arts that women can be seen is in literature. Many of the bestselling books are currently written by woman who are taking it by storm. An excellent example that represents conventional arts and literature is “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi. Her graphic novel tells the turbulent story of her childhood through the Islamic revolution. Satrapi depicts the world as she sees it growing up in Iran and Europe and as she becomes a young woman. As a young girl she sees many of …show more content…
Her artwork which is featured in children books, magazines, and newspapers is illustrated in a unique way that is full of creativity and “she’s one of the most original artists working today”(). An examination of her work reveals much about the message she is trying to get across, whether it’s happy, angry or sad. The artwork made by Satrapi helps the reader better understand her memoir. It sheds light on the emotions she felt during her child hood. Many of the book scenes helps give a tone to the story and is an effective tool for storytelling of her life in Iran. There are three good examples of art that enhances the reading in the book. First is the scene where young Marjane overhears her parents talk at night how the police set fire to the Rex Cinema that night. The police set it on fire and forbid the people to go in and help rescue, then they attacked the by standers. On page 15. of the book is a ghostly image of jagged edged people running to the exit while others ascend to heaven with skull faces and screaming, as the movie theater burns them alive. This image represents the shock and horror of being burned alive by the people who are meant to protect its people. The jagged salute of the people in the building are not carried through in the same manner anywhere else in the book. It is visually set apart from the other drawings. The news said that the massacre was done by fanatics and the people know it was the shah that caused the fire. The shah itself acted as a terrorist group to instill fear in the people. Fear related propaganda is a constant theme by the government in the comic. The next image that helps the reader understand the situation is the drawing on page 71. it depicts Satrapi floating in outer space all dark and alone with distant stars and planets. She had just got the news of her uncle’s execution and god comes in to

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