Looking Back at Human Emotions

The problem with history and news is, it is very difficult to imagine it from your comfortable seat in a sofa. It is very difficult to imagine hatred when you have grown up surrounded by love. And even though I might say that love does not exist in this universe, it surely does, as does hope. We have been brought up with these two feeling embedded deep into our soul, and realism scares us, no matter how accurately it is told. We turn our eyes away from the reality so that for once we could find hope that rests in our own souls, and I do not deny that I myself would like to do that. Reality is something that either makes us angry or forces us to give up on humanity altogether. While reading “Persepolis” I felt that I was the former rather than the latter, and I was proud of it.

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Marijane Satrappi is a person born in Iran. A child who saw “Islamic Revolution” with her own eyes and understood war. She creates a vision of how the country changed with times and how strict the rules become, she reflects on human nature and philosophy never forgetting to bring a smile to our faces.
The artwork in the book appeals because of it’s simplicity. Though, am not a fan of simple artworks in most of the comic books I read, in this book it works. Maybe, because these images showcase the life much more easily that some complex artwork would, or perhaps because they make the story much more acceptable, much less painful.
Yet, the story makes you cry, it draws out tears when you least expect. This is a showcase of human tragedy and behaviour. When it goes on, it goes on seamlessly, even though the life of war, is mixed up with the author’s personal life. All of it making a sort of montage. I guess telling your life’s story is never easy but, within the few pages of the book, it comes alive and dances in your eyes.

Marijane as a character is adorable, maybe because even after being a face of human tragedy, at her heart lies a very human nature. We often forget that human nature is not altered by the works of terrible tragedies and in our heart, relationships and smaller things in life do matter. Marijane changes that, she showcases both worlds and how she was stuck between. She showcases how people embraced the war and death as sacrifices and not losses.

She showcases that at the end, humanity lives on hope. That even though the world often runs and tells us to stop and take notice, sometimes it is easier to let go. She makes a case for both kinds of people, the people who go with the flow, and the people who stand against it. She has lived both spheres of course and she shows that none is better than the other.

  • Favourite Character – NMarijane’s father
  • Rating – 4.5/5
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