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Persepolis, Essential Revision Notes

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Leaving Certificate English

Revision Notes

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Table of Contents

Background to the book and author 6

Criticism 6

The significance of Persepolis on the Leaving Certificate – according to The Irish Independent 6

Plot summary 7

Character profiles 9

Marjane 9

Marjane’s mother 9

Marjane’s father 10

Marjane's father as a "resigned" individual 10

Marjane’s grandmother 10

Marjane’s grandmother as a matriarch 11

Uncle Anoosh 11

Mehri 11

Siamak Jari and Mohsen Shakiba 12

Mali 12

Uncle Taher 12

Lucia 13

Julie and Momo 13

Frau Doctor Heller 14

Kia 15

Reza 15

Themes, Motifs, and Symbols 16

Iran in comparison with other countries 16

1. 16

2. 16

3. 16

4. 16

5. 16

Femininity and Womanhood 16

1. 16

2. 17

3. 17

4. 17

5. 17

Adolescence and maturity 17

1. 17

2. 17

3. 17

4. 18

5. 18

Conflict and war 18

1. 18

2. 18

3. 18

4. 18

Politics and society 19

1. 19

2. 19

3. 19

4. 19

Freedom and Confinement 19

1. 19

2. 19

3. 20

4. 20

5. 20

Fear 20

1. 20

2. 20

3. 20

4. 20

5. 21

Death and mortality 21

1. 21

2. 21

3. 21

4. 21

5. 21

Family 22

1. 22

2. 22

3. 22

4. 22

Religion 22

1. 22

2. 22

3. 22

4. 23

5. 23

Substance abuse 23

1. 23

2. 23

3. 23

4. 23

5. 23

Western culture 24

Identity 24

Jewels and jewellery 24

Cigarettes 24

Sample Answers 25

Whom do you think is described as the bigger enemy in the novel -- the Shah or the Islamic regime after the Shah? 25

How does the social class of Marjane's family conflict with their political views? 25

Why does Satrapi think that the Islamic regime was able to gain control of Iran after the 1979 Revolution? 25

Background to the book and author

Persepolis tells a first-hand account of what it was like to grow up in Iran. Marjane Satrapi grew up in Iran just society began to deteriorate. Students were segregated by gender lines, women's rights receded, and family members were executed simply because they were suspected to be spies.

Despite all this, Marjane survives. Having endured protests and bombings, she moves to Vienna, the...

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