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Persepolis is a graphic novel created for the sole purpose of making people aware of the fact that the lives of Iranian people are not as miserable as they would think and there is happiness in every little things in their lives.

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Q. In an Associated Press interview, Satrapi said, ?The only thing I hope is that people will read my book and see that this abstract thing, this Axis of Evil, is made up of individuals with lives and hopes.? And in her introduction to Persepolis, she explains that she wrote this book to show that Iran is not only a country of ?fundamentalism, fanaticism, and terrorism.? How does Satrapi go about challenging this myth? How does Persepolis dispel or confirm your views on Iran? A. As Satrapi said in the interview, Persepolis is a graphic novel created for the sole purpose of making people aware of the fact that the lives of Iranian people are not as miserable as they would think and there is happiness in every little things in their lives. ...read more.

Middle

This shows that people in Iran have interest in music too. Not just Marji, even her dad listened to Iron Maiden. What people would normally think about Iranian people is that they are always in a state of terror and also deeply in religious beliefs, without much knowledge of the outside world and basically anything outside their traditions. But this scene shows that they do have interest in music, that too in western music. Also, in the same scene as mentioned above, we can find Marji dressing up in a more western manner. She wears her new Nike shoes and Denim jacket to go out into the streets to buy music tapes. Again, this scene shows how she wants to dress up differently and not just her veil. She wants to be fashionable as any other girl would want to and this is another sign that says Iranians are not so different after all. ...read more.

Conclusion

So this is the reality of Iran and the media is in a way bound to show such events. That is how the media places it and undoubtedly, people tend to think that this is what Iran is about and this is how Iranian people go on with their lives. So, there is no doubt in saying that Iranian people faced quite a lot of warfare and struggle. But what Persepolis aims to do is to show the world that sadness is not the only thing in the Iranian lives. It aims to show that there still is humor and happiness in the little things in life. While the sadness is there, people tend to enjoy their life more often than not. And despite of their devotion to their religion, they also like to be a bit more western at times. Thus, it tries to dispel the current stereotype that people put on Iranians and show the actual lifestyle of the people there. ...read more.

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