Marjane receives her two bread swans from Anoosh, her uncle who spends much of his life hiding in Moscow from the regime of the Shah or imprisoned by it, and who, shortly after his release from prison after the success of the Revolution, gets arrested and executed. Anoosh is a man who spent so much of his life hiding or imprisoned, and yet the bread swan represents his ability to maintain his humanity in dreadful situations. Having few materials to work with, he creates a sculpture of a swan from the bread he receives in jail. Despite its modesty, its splendor comes from the fact that Anoosh has been able to find whatever good remains in his situation and create a work of art. He has not become embittered or angry, but instead focused his energies on his sculpture. The bread swan indicates the redeeming quality of art, and suggests that Marjane’s book functions in a similar sense of redemption after all the trauma and suffering she experiences.
Bread Swan Symbol Timeline in Persepolis
The timeline below shows where the symbol Bread Swan appears in Persepolis. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.