Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

How does Marjane's concept of identity evolve over the course of her narrative?

As Marjane grows older, she begins to change. Her life changes and she changes as a person. She isn't the same young girl she used to be in the beginning of the story.

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Well, the narrative begins when Marjane is six and ends when she is fourteen. During the novel Marjane tells us the story of what it was like to grow up during the Islamic Revolution, the changes that came when the Shah's regime was overthrown and her country went to war with Iraq.

We see how different Persepolis life was in her home than it was outside in public, the way she saw the changes in her country..... emperors overtaken, whippings and torture ordered by the state, a little girl's view of war, and what it takes to keep going. These are the changes we see in her identity...... the little girl learns how to survive and shows others how to carry on in the worst of circumstances. The innocent child becomes a well versed and careful young woman.

. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.


Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood