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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.

1979 Iranian Revolution


Marji and her parents are active protestors. In what ways do you believe protest is effective or ineffective?

How do Marjane and her compatriots deal with fear in their daily lives?  To what extent do you see fear as a controlling factor in your own country's public life?

What role does the educational system play in post-revolutionary Iran?  What strategies do the children in this story employ to make sense of the political realities of the world around them?

What hope of resolution of the conflict between the people and their repressive government does Persepolis offer?  Do you believe the situation for the citizens of Iran has improved since 1984, when the book ends?


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