Saturday, November 8, 2014

Literary Analysis - Jorge Ribeiro

Jorge Ribeiro

Week 5

Literary Analysis


Marjane Satrapi

Page: 62 - 109

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?

Answering this question, on Persepolis, as the main character is growing up, she finds herself surrounded by violence, by her family being killed, and by other violent causes, and she realizes how if safety means using a veil, then she prefers to live dangerously. This revolution is affecting not only those around her, but herself, and she learns that by working together nobody can stop you. For example, on page 97, the girls of the classroom were rebelling against the teacher, but it was all the students against the teacher, so it is like a small revolution they had. From all this I can say that the protagonist changed by being more mature, and fight more strongly for her beliefs. What the character learns about herself is, that she can't do everything by herself, and if she wants something to change, she needs people to support her, she needs support, she can't just do it alone, she needs something more than that, she needs the help of people, because after all, these people are all going through the same things as she is. What she learned about how the world works, is that there are corrupt people, who do things that end up benefitting only themselves. Another thing that she learned how the world works, is that life is not fair, because many of her family members have died, and her best friend has moved to America, so nothing was at her favor.

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