Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

How has Marji changed from the beginning of the book to the end? What has Satrapi chosen to emphasize in her childhood? Why?

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As a ten-year old girl, the author is forced to wear a veil to school by those that called for a cultural revolution in Iran. There are many protests both for and against this cultural revolution. Her French non-religious school is abolished and boys and girls are separated for education. Her mother protests against the changes and her picture appears in newspapers across Europe. She is afraid after that. The author believes that one day she will be the last prophet. She has conversations with God in which she imagines that there will be cultural and social equality and that old people will not suffer from pain. When she announces her plan, her classmates and teacher ridicule her but she retains the hope that she will one day be the symbol for justice, love, and the wrath of God. As Marjane matures, so does her view on politics and life. The novel ends with Marjane growing from a childhood perspective into a grown feminist perspective. The essence of childhood remains -- Marjane seems to lose herself in the warmth and comfort of her grandmother -- but she has now become a mature adult and is able to carry her grandmother’s wisdom and abandon her anger and vengeance.