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What is the time setting for Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood?

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Posted February 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM via web

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What is the time setting for Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 29, 2012 at 2:01 PM (Answer #1)

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This graphic novel follows the childhood of Marji as she grows up in Iran and experiences and lives through various historical events in Iran that massively impact her life and the life of her family. These events are of course the overthrow of the Shah, and the Iran-Iraq war.

At the story's opening, Marji is a schoolgirl in 1980. This is significant because it is oen year after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 which brought a much more fundamentalist and extreme government into power. Marji is impacted by this because she had attented a secular French school. Now such schools are closed and girls are educated separately from boys and forced to wear a veil to go to school.

Marji continues to grow up against a backdrop of oppression and intolerance as friends of her family and even her uncle are imprisoned and executed one by one by the new repressive regime. Marji's story therefore occurs from the 1980s onwards and brings to life a terrible period of history for Iran and how one young girl responded to being brought up in the middle of it.

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