|Due By (Pacific Time)||11/23/2016 09:00 pm|
Inspired by Satrapi’s graphic novel, illustrate and create dialogue or thought bubbles for a 5-10 framed “mini graphic” representation of your own coming of age story as you wrote about in week one’s assignment.
Week one assignment
Coming to Age
The saying “the most important days in a man’s life is when he is born, and the day he realizes
why” was not misspoken. Most of us tend to live a life that is not ours until when time is long
gone, and we cannot do the least to correct anything (Scott, p.5).
I was brought up under strict family and Islamic rules, with my dad being an Imam and my mom
a staunch Muslim. Growing up, every Friday meant going for the Friday school classes. It was
no better at home; I had to learn to memorize Quran verses at the tender age of five and say a
"sensible" prayer. Failure to which resulted in a punishment of no bouncing castles and no kids
day out. It required total devotion. All in all, there was no way out, and I had to grow that way.
Most of other kids had much of their free time playing while mine was well scheduled. Only an
hour after school was allowed for play. The other time was divided between Quran study and
reading Islamic books. This continued until age thirteen when I was in eighth grade. I could not
take it any longer, and my life was confined in one place. I felt that this is not my life. I was only
living it because my parents wanted me to. I was scared and afraid to take any action. Any
objection from my folks would call for a thorough beating.
It got worse for me, and I decided that it is now or never! I couldn’t take it anymore. After
joining the high school at age fourteen, I found a group of young secular singers who attracted
me. I had never listened to any music apart from gospel hymns, and this caught my attention. It
was pleasant to the ears, and the music rocked. Secretly, I practiced with them and composed my
songs. I hid the notebook where I wrote them down to ensure my parents never set eyes on it. I
was so perfect that I sneaked from home and performed at concerts. I did not care that dad would
skin me alive in case he found out. Nevertheless, the trend continued, and for the first time in my
life, I felt fulfilled.
A particular weekend marked the turning point in my life. As mum went about cleaning my
room, she spotted a unique notebook. Guess what! It was my greatest treasure. She broke down
in tears and couldn't believe that her Muslim kid, brought up in Godly ways would do such a
thing. She summoned me with bitterness and anger, but I faced her with a little courage. I told
her that my life was never meant to be as she founded it. We all have our interests and strengths.
Being a Muslim in her life did not mean that I had to emulate her. I realized that my parents were
wrong in their perception of what was the best for me. The young years of my life were spent
doing something that was not interesting at all. Due to my age, I had no option but to accept it.
This was a new dawn for me. I had the power to make a brand new turn in my life and live in the
best way. The life of emptiness was transformed to a new and better fulfillment (Popper,p.
Popper, Hans. "Coming of age." Hepatology 5.6 (1985): 1224-1226.
Scott, Bradley. "Coming of age." IDRA Newsletter (2001): 1-7.
Read the following stories and write discussion about
· Mariane Satrapi's
· After completion of the novel please view the film by
Disunion part one
Why do you think this novel is written as a graphic novel rather than just plain text like the rest of the novels and short stories thus far? How would this story impact the reader if it were just written as traditional fiction? What effect does the author’s choice in telling her story as a graphic novel have on you, the reader?
Write half pages
Discussion part two
Why do you think the men in the first chapter, “The Veil” are drawn without visible mouths? How does this change throughout the novel?
Write half pages
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