In times of conflict bystanders and revolutionaries are often both put in harm's way. Whether you flee your country, keep your head down, or actively participate in your cause, there is always a chance that you or someone close to you will get hurt. In Persepolis, an autobiographical graphic novel written by Marjane Satrapi, the audience follows the changing life of a little girl growing up in Iran during the islamic revolution.
The suffering of the innocent is a major theme of the novel, and scenes of death and imprisonment are all central to young Marjane’s life. Persepolis supports these themes in a variety of ways through the use of visual motifs, cartoon like imagery, and moments of irony that contrast the very serious topics with the relatable innocence of a young child.