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Marjane Satrapi

Marjane is a strong-willed, sometimes confused protagonist who we follow from childhood to burgeoning adulthood over the course of Persepolis. The confusion stems from her valiant attempts at trying to understand the embattled and… (read full character analysis)

Marjane’s Parents (Mother and Father)

Though many characters in Persepolis appear and then disappear, Marjane’s parents are constants in the graphic novel, the two people who most affect Marjane, and whose cues and beliefs Marjane follows or alternately disregards over… (read full character analysis)


As a child, Marjane finds much comfort in God, who becomes a friend as well as a source of support. However, as the world around Marjane becomes uglier and uglier, and as she comes… (read full character analysis)


Marjane’s Uncle who fled to the USSR after Fereydoon is caught and executed for opposing the Shah. He returns to Iran to see his family but, though disguised, gets imprisoned. He becomes a role model… (read full character analysis)


Marjane’s Uncle, he dies from his fourth heart attack after being frightened by an exploded grenade. Before he dies, knowing of his ill-health, Marjane’s family tries to get him a fake passport through Khosro(read full character analysis)
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A young communist, Khosro hides this woman until she is caught and executed. Marjane’s parents use her as an example to explain to Marjane of the dangers that young women face when arrested. Niloufar was… (read full character analysis)
Minor Characters
Marjane’s Grandmother
An early confidant of Marjane’s. At the end of the novel she gives Marjane important advice about how to live and survive in a world with people who wish to cause other people suffering.
Marjane’s Great-grandfather
Was emperor of Persia before the Father of the Shah overthrew him.
Marjane’s Grandfather
He was a Persian Prince, and though at first Marjane gets excited by this fact, the truth of the matter is that he was often imprisoned and tortured for his communist beliefs.
Ramin’s Father
Ramin’s father is a member of the secret police under the Shah. Marjane and her friends at first blame Ramin for his crimes.
Ramin’s father is part of the secret police and Marjane and her friends decide to punish him for his father’s crimes, though later Marjane tells him that she forgives him.
Siamak Jari
For a long time he is a political prisoner of the Shah’s regime. He is released but later targeted for assassination. His assassins do not find him and kill his sister instead. He flees across the border hidden among a flock of sheep with his family.
Mohsen Shakiba
He is for a long time a political prisoner of the Shah’s before being released after the ousting of the Shah. He is then murdered in his bathtub by the Revolutionaries.
The daughter of Siamak.
Friend of Marjane’s Father, Siamak, and Mohsen, who is tortured and executed.
Cousin of Anoosh and the man who declared Azerbaijan as independent from Iran. He gets executed by the Shah’s regime.
Marjane’s friend whose father dies while a fighter pilot bombing Baghdad. Paradisse writes to Marjane, “I wish he were alive and in jail rather than dead and a hero.”
Marjane’s Mother’s childhood friend who stays with Satrapi family after their house in destroyed in southern Iran during the start of the Iraq-Iran War.
Mali’s Husband
Mali’s husband, who also lives with the Satrapi’s for a while after his own house gets destroyed. Marjane’s Father considers him very materialistic.
Mali’s Two Boys
Mali’s children. These young boys are materialistic and not very aware of their family’s losses and deprivations incurred during the Iraq-Iran War.
Mrs. Nasrine
The Satrapi’s family maid, whose son receives a plastic key painted gold in school, which is a tactic used by the regime to tempt boys to become martyr’s during the Iran-Iraq war. She loses her faith due to the way the regime uses religion to manipulate its people.
Mrs. Nasrine’s Son
A schoolboy who receives a plastic key painted gold and is very unaware of how the government and the school are manipulating him into wanting to become a martyr during the Iran-Iraq war.
Marjane’s cousin who, while on leave from the army, describes the way young men turned into soldiers are convinced by the army that martyrdom will bring glory in the afterlife.
A man who spent time with Anoosh in prison and agrees to make a fake passport for Marjane’s uncle Taher but must flee the country before he can do so.
Marjane’s friend and the daughter in the Baba-Levy household. After the Baba-Levy home is destroyed in fighting, Marjane discovers Neda’s bracelet—and the arm attached to it—in the rubble.
Baba-Levy Family
The Jewish family next door to the Satrapi’s who gets killed by ballistic missiles. They refuse to leave Tehran because their family has lived in the city for 3000 years.
Marjane’s Baby Cousin
Marjane and her family take the time to celebrate his birth with the rest of her family even though sirens ring throughout the city day and night.
Marjane’s Baby Cousin’s Mother
She hands her baby to Marjane and flees without him as a siren interrupts the party commemorating his birth.
Marjane’s childhood maid and friend.
A neighbor who sends Mehri letters.
Two women in the supermarket
Marjane and Mali’s family overhear these two women denigrating refugees from southern Iran.
Hospital Director
The hospital director once was Taher’s family’s window washer. He has, since the Revolution, become very devout and reached a high position in society.
Two Members
These are two members of the women’s branch of the Guardians of the Revolution who accost Marjane about the western clothes she is wearing and her improperly veiled hair.
Young policeman
He accosts the Satrapi family one day on their way home and threatens to search their house for illegal goods, but he quickly vanishes after Marjane’s Father offers him a bribe.
Marjane’s friend who holds a party in his house.
A neighbor who is arrested after someone informed the police about his holdings of forbidden Western party objects.
Marjane’s friend who left to live in America.
Marjane’s childhood friend.
Marjane’s childhood friend.
Marjane’s childhood friend.
Marjane’s childhood friend.