|The first panel.|
From the first page, Persepolis introduces the reader to Marjane Satrapi and the Iranian society that surrounded her at the time. Satrapi simultaneously introduces her child self, and the oppression she faced at the young age of ten, when she first began to feel the effects of the Islamic regime in Iran, and she and her female classmates were forced to begin to wear a veil, and were separated from their male peers. In the pages that follow, Satrapi goes on to quickly and clearly establish the turbulent political atmosphere of Iran in the 1980s, and her family’s place as political activists and revolutionaries in that society.
|Young Marjane trying to engage in political discourse |
with her father and uncle Anoosh.
|Marjane confronts her peers talking about her.|
|The doctor's warning to Marjane goes unleaded.|
Satrapi speaks at great length about her relationship to Iran, even after having left it, in this interview with the educational website Asia Society, appropriately titled “I Will Always Be Iranian”. In the interview, she references the experiences she shares Persepolis, and talks about her ongoing connection with her home country.