Monday, December 31, 2012

Satrapi's Persepolis by Brittany Schooling

1. Persepolis is drawn in an even more cartoony style than either Blankets or Maus. It doesn't have any shading and the detail is minimal. I think the outcome is almost fun, and definitely accessible. Like blankets, there are times when the art means more than the words, but the words are always there (we don't get pages and pages of silence) providing a narrative.

2. I think this story was written as a graphic novel to make a point with Marjane's age. Pretty much all of the book is written with Marjane being a girl or a young woman. So everything that's happening is being shown through the eyes of a small girl with an active imagination. If this were in a book or a live action movie, it would be too realistic, and the audience couldn't see these events as Marjane sees them.

 3. Persepolis is written from the author's, Marjane's, point of view. She tells it in the first person, and the pictures serve mostly to illustrate what she's talking about. Like in the question before, I feel that the graphics add more to the story in that they don't show things as they actually happened, but as Marjane imagines how they happened.

4. I found the bombing of the Baba-Levy's house to be really significant. The movie took most of the context out, but the Baba-Levy's just happened to be in their house that day because of their religion (they're Jewish) otherwise, they took shelter in a hotel.It's really heartbreaking and it serves as a huge reminder thay they're in a war zone. Marjane was out shopping like any other girl her age, and came back to find that her neighbor's house was bombed. It's also a show of how amazingly people can separate themselves from reality. Marjane can rock out to Iron Maiden and shop for shoes while at the same time listening out for air raid sirens.

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