Study Guide

Persepolis Characters

By Marjane Satrapi

Marjane

Marjane is ten years old in 1980 when the novel begins. She goes by the name Marji, and she's not...

Marjane's Mother

The first thing we learn about Marji's mom is that she's pretty revolutionary: "Her photo was...

Marjane's Father

Marjane's dad is a photographer, and he often finds himself in dangerous situations,...

Marjane's Grandma

Grandma is a very influential figure in Marji's life. She lies to the soldiers about having...

Uncle Anoosh

Marji's Uncle Anoosh has had a crazy life. His uncle helped Azerbaijan declare its independence,...

Mehri

Mehri is the family maid who started working for them when she was eight years old. She would...

Siamak Jari and Mohsen Shakiba

These two guys were imprisoned for rebelling against the government, and their fates are not...

Mali

Mali is a friend of Marji's mom, and when her house is bombed, she comes to stay with the family...

Uncle Taher

Being Marji's uncle seems to be bad luck (be sure to read about Uncle Anoosh in this...

Lucia

Lucia is Marjane's roommate at the boarding school in Vienna. Before meeting her, Marjane...

Julie and Momo

Marjane meets Julie at the school in Vienna, and Julie introduces her to Momo, Thierry, and...

Frau Doctor Heller

She looks kind of like Ric Ocasek from the Cars. Her dog poops on Marjane's bed. She calls...

Kia

Kia is one of Marjane's childhood friends. He helped her bully another kid with some homemade...

Reza

Marjane and Reza are less James Carville and Mary Matalin and more Paula Abdul and MC...