Suburban Mosaic


By Marjane Satrapi

High School

Discussion Questions

  1. What is your perception of Marjane at the beginning of the story?  How does she change?
  2. Describe Marjane’s family.  What is important to her parents?   Her grandmother?  Her uncle Anoosh?  How do their values affect Marjane’s upbringing?
  3. 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?
  4. What are some ways that Marjane lives between cultures?  What are some ways that she copes with the changing political climate?
  5. Describe some ways the author uses humor.  How do these funny moments add to the author’s message?
  6. How does the author describe the distinctions between the classes before and after the revolution? How does the disparity affect Marjane?
  7. 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?
  8. How have your opinions about Iran in general changed since readingPersepolis?
  9. Discuss the role of religion in Iran.  How does Marjane’s perception of religion change?
  10. How is Marjane affected by the stories she hears—such as the story about her grandfather?
  11. 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?