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  • Starter questions:How does life in Iran change at the start of the novel?

    How does Marjane change as a result?

  • Persepolis, the story of a childhoodLesson 1: contradictions

    L.O. understanding the confusing world of Marjanes childhood (pp1-47)

  • Contradictions:Marjanes family gives her contradictory messages during the period right after the Shahs overthrow. On the one hand, they are clearly filled with anger at the atrocities he has perpetrated. On the other hand, as parents they want to raise their daughter to become a humane and loving person. This contradiction does not go unnoticed by their perceptive daughter.

  • YOUR TASK IS TO FIND MORE EXAMPLES OF CONTRADICTIONS IN MARJANES LIFE (like this one:)

    Her parents give her books about Marx who believed in a classless society.BUT they also have an expensive car and a maid who doesnt eat with them

    - Marjane is smart and educated (she hardly seems childish), but at the same time is childishly impressed with her grandfather being a prince (p.22)In Irans history: we read about 2500 years of submission (p.11). The revolution is meant to bring freedom, but brings yet more submission.Marjanes parents claim they want a classless society, but the maid isnt allowed to date the boy next door (p.37)Marjane is full of contradictions: she loves science but also believes in God (p.7)On page 43 dad says politics and sentiments dont mix; the panels around it show clear sentiments about politicsMarjanes parents hate the Shah for killing people, but tell Marjane to forgive the Savak who killed people.Marjanes parents demonstrate and dad even takes pics, but Marjane isnt allowed to go because it is too dangerous.When Marjane demonstrates, mum is angry because of the danger, but the person that hurts Marjane is her mum (p. 39)-

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  • The structure of this part of the textSatrapi uses flashbacks and story telling to make us understand what (her) life was like in Iran until 1979 when the Islamic Revolution took place.Through the use of images (in splashes especially) she can show us much of Irans history and her own life in just a few pages.

  • Marjanes childhood:

  • Historic events in splashes

  • PlenaryDiscuss in pairs:How does Marjane Satrapi set the scene & characterise herself and her family on the first pages of the novel?

    - Marjane is smart and educated (she hardly seems childish), but at the same time is childishly impressed with her grandfather being a prince (p.22)In Irans history: we read about 2500 years of submission (p.11). The revolution is meant to bring freedom, but brings yet more submission.Marjanes parents claim they want a classless society, but the maid isnt allowed to date the boy next door (p.37)Marjane is full of contradictions: she loves science but also believes in God (p.7)On page 43 dad says politics and sentiments dont mix; the panels around it show clear sentiments about politicsMarjanes parents hate the Shah for killing people, but tell Marjane to forgive the Savak who killed people.Marjanes parents demonstrate and dad even takes pics, but Marjane isnt allowed to go because it is too dangerous.When Marjane demonstrates, mum is angry because of the danger, but the person that hurts Marjane is her mum (p. 39)-

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