By Marjane Satrapi
- What is your perception of Marjane at the beginning of the story? How does she change?
- Describe Marjane’s family. What is important to her parents? Her grandmother? Her uncle Anoosh? How do their values affect Marjane’s upbringing?
- The revolution brings a lot of violence into Marjane’s life. How does this affect her? What are some ways Marjane and her family try to live ordinary lives despite the violence?
- What are some ways that Marjane lives between cultures? What are some ways that she copes with the changing political climate?
- Describe some ways the author uses humor. How do these funny moments add to the author’s message?
- How does the author describe the distinctions between the classes before and after the revolution? How does the disparity affect Marjane?
- Discuss the roles of various women in the story such as Marjane’s mom and grandmother. How has your perception of the role of Iranian women changed after reading Persepolis?
- How have your opinions about Iran in general changed since readingPersepolis?
- Discuss the role of religion in Iran. How does Marjane’s perception of religion change?
- How is Marjane affected by the stories she hears—such as the story about her grandfather?
- What did you think of the graphic novel format? How does this format change the experience of reading a memoir? How do the drawings add to the narrative of the story?