Persepolis: the story of a childhood by marjane satrapi -
a coming of age unit - 6 weeks
Important Dates - Dates have been changed to focus on the reading.
June 10, 1B to submit their final essays to turnitin.com by 11:59
June 13, 2B to submit their final essays to turnitin.com by 11:59
June 16, 2B to submit their final essays to turnitin.com by 11:59
June 9, 2016 presentations begin for all classes.
I apologize for putting A instead of B. Please note, the dates are correct.
the Prompts -
1. In what ways is Persepolis relevant to contemporary readers? What contemporary issues are in play in the book, and how would the book contribute to contemporary discussion? Cite specific discussions from contemporary sources, and cite specific instances from the book, that describe its contemporary relevance.
2. Identify the most important plot points in Persepolis. What is at stake in each of these moments? What possibilities do these moments present, and how are those possibilities channeled into specific actions or events? How does the plot chart its course among other alternative or possible plots?
3. In what ways is Persepolis an American book? What part of the American experience does Persepolis resonate with? Using examples from the text, say whether or how Persepolis represents the American experience.
4. What does it mean for Marjane Satrapi to be a prophet, and how does she go about becoming a prophet throughout Persepolis? How does her idea about being a prophet change throughout the story?
5. In many places, Satrapi uses irony to comment on her own innocence, on her parents’ contradictions, or on the Islamic revolution. Using examples from the text, describe
the patterns that run through Satrapi’s use of irony. What kinds of latent meanings does she express? What kind of point of view does she expect her reader to share with her, to understand her irony?
6. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the graphic novel format? What kinds of things does this genre do well? What could have been done better in a prose novel, or even in a movie?
7. What morals does Satrapi’s graphic novel teach? Which characters are the best teachers? How does Satrapi herself learn different lessons? Which lessons demand the most from her?
8. What exactly is the basis of Satrapi and her family’s resistance to the Islamic regime in Iran? Where is the kernel of their values stated most plainly? What specific tenets of Islamic fundamentalism do Satrapi and her family resist
9) What can we learn about Iran’s politics, religion, daily life, and education from Satrapi’s Persepolis. Give specific examples from the novel.
10) How does Satrapi use elements of fiction, art, and graphic design to tell her memoir?
11) Satrapi represents 4 years of her life in Persepolis. Time goes by very quickly, choose four major turning points in her life and explain how she shares these moments, why do you think she shared these moments, and what elements of fiction, art and design did she use?
If you are missing this assignment, here is the hand out. Print it and fill it in using the information in the above power point (Concept Formation & Visual Rhetoric).