Strength

Not always a physical state, for strength can be found in many places.  Strength in these two novels are extremely different from each other.  In the Epic of Gilgamesh, physical strength is the what is depicted while, from the Complete Percepolis, Marji shows her strength by her faith and the attitudes she uses in her incredible journey through life in such a terrible time for her and the people of Iran. In the epic of Gilgamesh, uses his strength to conquer and rule, which is exactly what happens in the Complete Persepolis with the Shah.  In having great strength Marji needed to find herself in ways that would effect her future.  Gilgamesh had the same concept only that he wanted fame and fortune rather than just to live a simple, happy life as Marji was searching for. 

"Gilgamesh the tall, magnificent, and terrible." This is how Gilgamesh is introduced in the epic novel (Line 37 in Tablet 1). His incredible height and magnificence in strength is portrayed in this picture of a god fighting giants. Though he is terrible, he uses his strength and power tyrannically to do what he pleases. This picture shows the strength of Gilgamesh, showing that there is no one in comparison to him.
Born in the wild, another man of freakish strength, Enkindu, is born/created by the hands of a goddess. He uses his strength protecting to protect his family, the beasts in the wild. This picture shows the natural scene Enkindu was born in and his environment, as it is described lines 126-133 of tablet 1, away from all society and civilization.
Two men of equal, freakish strength come face to face, fighting for glory and to claim the title of the mightiest in the land. In line 111 of tablet 2 is where the combat is cited and begun. In the end, after only a short combat, do they recognize each others similar strength and join in a friendship. Here in this picture it shows two large bulls battling with all their might, each one trying to overpower the other as Gilgamesh and Enkindu tried.
Together, Enkidu and Gilgamesh set a journey to challenge Humbaba, guardian of the Cedar Forest, one who no men would dare challenge. in Tablet 4, line 107, "Don't draw back! Do not make retreat! ...make your blow mighty!" Together they claimed victory over Humbaba. As guardian of the great Cedar Red Forest I chose to use a picture of the Redwood forest showing the massive size of the trees in comparison to the two people in the center of the artwork.
The strength of politics and power can easily corrupt a man's mind. This picture to me is one man discussing politics to another filling his head with ideas. This picture reminded me of the story Marji's father told her about, pages 19-21, after she claimed the king was chosen by God.
Marji shows incredible strength in mind as a child in the complete Persepolis. She shows much strength in her beliefs and opinions. Convincing herself that she will be a great prophet when she grows up is not something you hear from an average child. This picture depicts a child in deep thought, knitting and just sitting on a balcony starring in deep thought about whatever is on her mind.
This is a picture of Martin Luther King who was one who had the strength and courage to do what was right, not only for himself but for others who were victims of segregation. Marji did not have a great impact onto others as Martin Luher King did, but she was one who did not just succumb to the demands of others. Marji showed her strength in standing up for her freedom as an Iranian woman.
Family is an incredible foundation from where your strength is from. He is a portrait of the Holy Family who supported their son completely. The Satrapi family, in the Complete Percepolis, gives the strength and support to each other knowing that with all of the bad that was going on in the world, the support of a family is the greatest thing that gave Marji her strength. At the very end of the book, even her uncle and grandfather, who were both deceased, gave her the strength she needed to move on.
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