Dissassembly: Persepolis

This panel is taken from Persepolis, an autobiographical graphic novel written by Marjane Satrapi depicting her childhood growing up in Iran. The graphic novel takes place as she grows up during the Islamic revolution in Iran. In this particular scene the veil was made mandatory for all girls in Iran to wear to school. A constant theme throughout Persepolis is Satrapi’s desire to fight against conformity and to rebel against authority. In this panel we see Satrapi’s and the other girls’ displeasure with being forced to wear the veil. I decided to change the girls’ veils to different colors. I think it contrasts well the reality of the religious conformity they are forced into with their own inner individuality. The different colors bring even more attention to their uniformity otherwise. Even their facial expressions are nearly identical in conveying their distaste for their predicament.