'Persepolis' Introduction


We are about to begin the graphic novel 'Persepolis' and embark on a journey with Marjane Satrapi, a young girl who finds herself stuck in the midst of the Islamic Revolution in her country of Iran.  Due to the fact that this is a true story, we need to develop some background knowledge about Iran, where this story takes place, in order to truly understand this novel.  We will look at geography, politics, religion, and human rights.  While we are possibly looking at different cultures and religions which may differ from our own, please keep in mind that we are seeking out knowledge about these cultures and religions in order to understand the novel.

About Iran... Iran was known as 'Persia' or 'The Persian Empire' for hundreds of years.  It was conquered many times by many different foreign powers yet it still held onto its Persian culture and language.  The Persian culture was known for its intricate metal work and architecture.  You can see some of the architecture in the video posted below this paragraph.  Family was a main value in the Persian culture as well.  In fact, Iran was known as Persia up until 1935 when their leader, Reza Shah, asked the Iranian citizens to begin referring to Persia as Iran.

What makes a country so desirable to others that they are subject to invasion?  Iran is the 17th largest country in the world and is located in Asia.  It shares coastlines right along the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.  Beyond having access to water and a huge land mass, Iran is wealthy in the resource of oil.  Having oil as a natural resource drew the attention of Great Britain and gave the Iranian economy a jump in wealth as well as made the country very desirable to others.




We are going to find out a little bit more about Iran and the Revolution which we will be reading about in 'Persepolis'.  Follow the steps below to take you on your WebQuest for more information!

Section One:  Click on this link to answer the following questions in 2-3 sentences:  https://marytn.medium.com/30-facts-about-islam-1be497ac4a4c

  1. Look at facts #1, 2, and 11.  What is "Islam" and how does it relate to the term "Muslim"?
  2. Look at facts #21 and 22.  How are Muslim women treated in Iran?

Section Two: Watch the following video and respond to the prompt below in 1 paragraph (4+ sentences):

Marjane Satrapi, the author of 'Persepolis', explains why she had to write 'Persepolis'.  Do you agree or disagree with her opinion on why it is important to understand more than one point of view?

Section Three: Click on this link to answer the following the questions in 2-3 sentences:  https://culturalatlas.sbs.com.au/iranian-culture/iranian-culture-core-concepts#iranian-culture-core-concepts

  1. What is Iran's perspective on education?
  2. Look through the website and list 2 more core concepts that stand out to you and why (Technology, Respect, Dignity, etc.).

Section Four: Follow this link (link missing) and write down 3 facts from the short video (bullet point format):  

Section Five: Open 'Persepolis' and read the introduction on your own. Describe anything in the introduction that sticks out to you in 2-3 sentences.


Section Six: Watch the following video and respond to the prompt below in 1 paragraph (4+ sentences):

How does the beauty of Iran as a country compare to your daily experiences in Detroit, Mi?