Reading Discussion: 1st 8 Week Book Choice

Answer any three questions for your book.

Questions for Persepolis

  1. Does reading this book make you think differently about the US’s relations with either Iran or Iraq? Why or why not?
  2. In the last pages of Persepolis, Marjane’s father tells her, “We Iranians, we’re crushed not only by the government but by the weight of our traditions!” (339). Why do Marjane’s parents and grandmother choose to stay in this repressive society when leaving does not seem that difficult?
  3. Do you approve of Marjane’s parents decision to send her out of the country on her own at age fourteen (148 ff)? Can you imagine your parents doing the same?
  4. What does being Iranian mean to Marjane as she adjusts to life as an exile in Austria?
  5. How would you describe the style of Satrapi’s drawings? How does this style contribute to the story that she tells?
  6. What price is Marjane finally willing to pay for freedom? What indications are there that this last departure will be more successful than the previous one?


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