Sunday, November 16, 2014

Line Illuminator- Marina Dissinger

 Marina Dissinger

Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi,

Pgs. 110 - 153

Line Illuminator

"So we plunged deeper into war"- Pg. 115

             I chose this line because it basically describes the whole book in six words. Violence is one of the main themes in the novel. Persepolis is framed by events taking place during and after the 1979 Iranian Revolution. During this time, the Shah of Persia was overthrown and eventually replaced by an Islamist government. Many Iranians who had supported the Shah were exiled or left the country. Satrapi recounts her experience of the Revolution, which includes bombings (Pg. 136), stories of torture (Pg. 51), and the violent deaths of family and friends (Pg 65).

       Additionally, this line has a metaphor in it. The word "plunged" is used to symbolize the action of entering quickly into something, in this case, war. This metaphor makes the reader get the effect of the explanation quicker. Lastly, this line contains imagery, as every text in the book contains a drawing to it. In this case, it is Marjane explaining the history of war, and her expression seems a little traumatized. Because of this, the reader can imagine what she is feeling.

"I didn't want to look up. I looked at my trembling legs. I couldn't go forward, like in a nightmare" -Pg. 140

           This line is very special in my opinion. It is very descriptive, as the reader can clearly imagine what the author is stating. The adjective "trembling" makes the image pop up, and makes it clear to understand. Also, adding the word "nightmare" was very well done because it gives the reader a feeling of mysteriousness and scariness. Also, the comic that compliments it shown exactly what is says, and adds more imagery to it. 


  1. Marina,
    The lines you chose are really interesting and very deeply written too. I think that this revolution was like any other war, with no winners nor losers. Everyone suffered one way or another. Don´t you think that Persepolis is similar to Maus in several ways? I´m not only talking about both of them are graphic novels, but they are both about tragedies. And don´t you think that we should read the second volume? I think persepolis including your insightful lines, is a life lesson.

  2. Marina,
    I like how you put the post together, the first line is extremely powerful. I don't feel that it completely describes the book as it still needs a little bit of a push from your imagination. Although, your ideas did make scene to me, how war was a difficult time. How the book reflects war and misery from a child's prospective. Thank you for boosting my thinking.

  3. Marina,

    Lots of your quotes had to do with the Iran Iraq war which happened after the Iranian Revolution. It does tie in with the war because when the revolution took place Iraq felt that the revolution would affect their country. This then started a war that was from 1980-1988. Approximately half a million people were killed and nothing was resolved. Both sides lost economically and people wise. Lots of the story show the bombings that shook the country and the mass destruction.