Persepolis:Abandonment Essay

1290 words - 6 pages

Growing up during a pivotal time in a country is no easy feat. To come out of it as strong willed and intelligent as Marji did is impressive. She did not lead a simple childhood. Throughout the graphic novel “Perseoplis”, by Marjane Satrapi, the main character Marji experiences abandonment in various ways in which she transforms into a mature young adult. Among the most prominent types of abandonment depicted are maternal, familial, romantic and even religious abandonment.
A type of abandonment that Marji experiences is romantic abandonment. In the novel it is apparent that Marji has developed feelings for a boy who is pictured numerous times throughout the beginning and has been one of Marji’s companions in her mischievous deeds. However, as the story progresses the boy tells Marji that he has to move to America. The boy explains that he has to leave her because his father does not think that it is safe to live under the Islamic Regime. In the series of panels on Marji attempts to cope with her emotions and feeling abandoned. Marji’s disappointment and sadness are clearly portrayed through her body language. In the fourth frame readers see her body turned away from the chattering boys hanging her head low. The boys try to lighten the mood by making a reference to Bruce Lee. However, Marji express her disappointment by not only pointing out the death of Bruce Lee but also in her body language. In the final frame we see Marji in a dark room sulking. Marji’s discouragement and suffering clearly arise from the boy leaving. He physically and emotionally abandons her. One can see with the expression on Marji’s that she is not happy with the outcome and at the same time the boy is completely oblivious to her emotions. Also, the use of shadows portrays the message that to Marji it was the end of the world. This can be seen by Marji’s body being a complete shadow. Shadows are most commonly used by artists to portray a sense of loneliness. (Starapi 63). Here Marji begins to learn that people will not always be in your life.
Perhaps one of the strongest types of abandonment that Marji experiences is the death of her uncle. In the final panel Marji discovers that her uncle has been executed. Out of rage, disbelief and acute feelings of abandonment Marji rebels against religion and renounces God because she blames him for her uncle’s tragic death. As a child she followed God closely and found comfort and guidance in her faith. She cannot comprehend how a being who she dedicated so much time, love and loyalty to would take away her beloved uncle away. In her state of emotional turmoil Marji rejects God, telling him that she never wants to see him again. Not only does she feel abandoned by God, she feels abandoned by her uncle Anoosh.
She slips into a dark bout of depression resulting from the loss of her uncle and her religion. She feels as though she has nothing left in the real world. This emotional suffering is vividly depicted by her metaphorical...

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