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From Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, translated by Mattias Ripa & Blake Ferris, translation
Copyright (c) 2003 by L'Association, Paris, France. Used by permission of Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Iranian History & Culture


How have news stories and/or photographs shaped your impressions of Iran as a nation and/or of Iranian citizens?  Did reading Persepolis change anything?

What does the book suggest about social class in Iranian society? Consider the examples of the courtship between the family's maid and their neighbor, and the use of "keys to paradise" to draft boys into the army.

Who are the heroes in Satrapi's story? What makes them heroic? How does a culture construct and define its heroes?


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