In Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, how is individual vs. society presented?

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In Persepolis, the primary representation of the individual is the narrator, Marjane "Marji" Satrapi. The larger experience shared by many Western-educated, upper-class Iranians in an Islamist theocratic state is distilled through her and other family members. In part because of her age when the Shah was overthrown in 1979, she represents the dilemmas of a generation of young people in the 1980s who had expected to continue their formal education and their experience of liberal, Western-influenced ideas and activities. But she also presents the stories of other members of her family, including her parents, who had outspokenly opposed the Shah and then endured further political repression under the revolutionary regime. Her uncle is executed shortly after she visits him in prison.

One specific way that Marji’s family’s dilemma is shown is through her parents’ decision to send her out of the country, where she attended boarding school in Europe. These steps became necessary as the...

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