Study Guide

Persepolis Chapter 23

By Marjane Satrapi

Chapter 23

The Pill

  • Marjane enjoys the time she spends with Julie and her mother.
  • When Julie's mother goes away, Julie throws a party. The parties in Vienna are different to Marjane: "In Iran, at parties, everyone would dance and eat. In Vienna, people preferred to lie around and smoke" (23.42). And by lie around she means in the Biblical sense (translation: naked).
  • That night holds a few firsts for Marjane: her first time seeing a half-naked man, realizing that Julie is having sex before marriage, and her first contact high.

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