The Complete Persepolis

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The Complete Persepolis

In the Complete Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, Marjane encounters many people who have impacted her life. The main four people that I believe had the largest significance were her grandmother, Uncle Anoosh, her parents, and her boyfriend of two years, Markus. They all molded her into the woman she is now. Whether their impact was negative or positive, they all helped her mature.

Marjane's grandmother was the humorous grandma who always had advice. Whenever Marjane was confused, she would go to her grandmother. Such as on page 333 where she was confused on whether or not she should leave her husband, Reza. Her grandma explained to Marjane that she would be happier alone, and to leave Reza at the right time. Marjane took her advice.

Before leaving to Vienna, Marjane spent the night with her grandmother.

"In life you will meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid.

That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance… always keep your dignity and stay true to yourself."

(Satrapi 150)

This bit of advice Marjane's grandmother gave her the night before her departure stuck with her throughout her time in Vienna. On page 195, Marjane lies and claims that she is French. This haunts her for the rest of the night as she remembers how her grandma told her to stay true to herself. On page 197 she redeems herself and shouts, "I am Iranian and proud of it!" she was beginning to understand what her grandma meant. After discovering that her boyfriend, Markus, was cheating on her (pg. 232), Marjane convinced herself that Markus was stupid.

Marjane's grandmother helped her stay true to herself. It molded her into a proud...