Within the graphic novel Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi utilizes direct speech, graphic weight and facial expressions to portray the situation of the Islamic revolution in Iran.

The author – Satrapi – utilizes direct speech throughout the panels. In the third panel, the teacher can be seen with the words: “ let’s go children, on the heart!” this sentence was capitalized in order to keep consistency for the style of the artwork throughout the novel, however, the exclamation mark at the end of the sentence served as an emphasis in which highlighted the teacher’s harsh tone. By doing this, the author portrays the teacher as an obstinate figure with absolute hierarchy, thus evoking a negative impression upon the teacher from the audiences’ point of view.




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