Another example of how Persepolis’ visual style and use of imagery reinforces its themes is through its use of abstract cartoon like drawings to show how characters feel. Marjane cries on a bed and thinks to herself “ That was my last meeting with my beloved Anoosh… and so I was lost, without any bearings… what could be worse than that?”(Satrapi 71). At this point Marjane had met her uncle in prison, knowing that he would be executed before she ever gets to see him again. When thinking about her executed uncle, she imagines herself talking to God and floating in the middle of space. Scenes like this show and do not tell us how isolated and hopeless she feels and how sometimes even prayer can not make her feel better. In another scene Marjane is walking down the road with someone else and after she thinks to herself “ I saw a turquoise bracelet. It was Neda’s. Her aunt had given it to her for her fourteenth birthday… The bracelet was still attached to… I don’t know what…”(Satrapi 142). Before she realizes that someone she knows is under the rubble, she is with her friend, on a road, looking at a crumbled building. After, she is tearing up and alone in the next couple of panels, until the last one of the chapter cuts to black. These stylistic choices again do a good job of showing how alone she feels even in company.
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