By Marjane Satrapi
Question to answer: How does the protagonist change from the beginning to the end of the novel? What does this character learn about himself (or herself) and about how the world works?
Children´s thoughts: Always Making Life less Boring
A kid is constantly changing. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is a story about a war and a child going through it. And this insightful girl changes her way to visualize the world during a revolution. “The Iraqis have always been our enemies. They want to invade us. And worse they drive like maniacs... Those assholes!“ (Satrapi 80-81). The narrator of our novel and the main character is a kid. She was ten year old at the beginning of the book therefore the language used on it is childish and sometimes even funny. The way Satrapi illustrates her children´s thoughts in the graphic novel help us to understand a revolution from the perspective of a person that is constantly getting new knowledge and is easily influenced by grown-ups´ ideas. “Hey you didn't throw it all out? Yep. No more? Nope. Oh“ (Satrapi 110). The authors writing style tell us how simple and innocent a kid can interpret the worst of chaos.
Children compare situations with objects they already know. “The Revolution is like a bicycle when the wheels don't turn is falls“ (Satrapi 10). Though this comparisons can be idealistic, since Marjane Satrapi “during her youth, was constantly exposed to the growing brutalities of the various regimes. She witnessed many family friends being persecuted, arrested, and even murdered“ (Wikipedia) she learn throughout her life how tough things can be and throughout the book she finds a way to communicate her feelings and make them sarcastic and funny to the public.
In summary, life gave lessons to our author and changed her way to view the world. Persepolis shows us how unimaginable amount of knowledge and hard times change modifies and built people's personalities.