Study Guide

Persepolis Chapter 5

By Marjane Satrapi

Chapter 5

The Letter

  • Marji reads and reads and reads and realizes that the biggest problem with the world is the divide between social classes.
  • She recognizes the divide firsthand when her maid, Mehri, falls in love with the boy next door, but is forbidden to pursue him because she is a much lower class than he.
  • He wears a Bee Gees shirt, so maybe this is for the best?
  • Later, Marji gets Mehri to take her to a demonstration.
  • Afterward, Marji's mother is angry. They had demonstrated on "Black Friday"—not the hellish shopping day, but a day when many Iranians were killed by their own country's soldiers.

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