Study Guide

Persepolis Allusions

By Marjane Satrapi

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

Historical References

  • Ché Guevara (2.2)
  • Fidel Castro (2.2; 2.10; 2.31)
  • Leon Trotsky (2.2)
  • Iran revolutionaries F. Rezai, Dr. Taemi, and H. Ashraf (2.12)
  • Mahatma Gandhi (3.13)
  • Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (3.14)
  • Jimmy Carter (6.10)
  • Anwar Al-Sadat (6.12)
  • Vladimir Lenin (9.3)
  • Marie Curie (10.13)
  • Saddam Hussein (10.5)
  • Michelangelo's "La Pieta" (32.43)

Pop Culture References

  • Bruce Lee (9.12)
  • James Bond (10.4)
  • Star Wars (12.32)
  • Darth Vader (12.32)
  • Princess Leia (12.32)
  • Kim Wilde (referenced throughout Chapter 17)
  • Abba (17.9)
  • AC/DC (17.9)
  • The Rolling Stones (17.9)
  • Iron Maiden (17.9)
  • Pink Floyd (23.40)
  • Janis Joplin (26.23)
  • Survivor, "Eye of the Tiger" (31.64) (Hey, Shmoopers: Did you notice this band's name is Survivor? This is the song Marjane listens to after her failed suicide attempt. She's a survivor too.