Transformation

Transformation is an overlying theme in both the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the Complete Persepolis. In both books, it can be seen how the stories protagonists embark on these journeys of trying to overcome obstacles and truly find themselves. The circumstances, and choices they make in their lives ultimately spark a transformation with in each character. These transformations are represented physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Transformation is very important when displayed in stories. It not only affects the characters but everyone around them. Changing oneself can alter perceptions of others, so in a sense it is as if other characters experience their own transformation. The art pieces displayed truly can reflect and exemplify the metamorphoses seen throughout both texts. I feel each artist in their own way portrayed some kind of transformation beautifully. Both Gilgamesh and Persepolis show the struggles of a journey and the ups and downs that life brings. The transformations they both endure are some times difficult to accept but they better them both leading them to a greater understanding of themselves.

The fall of the angels represents the theme of transformation, which from the first two tablets I have seen this in Enkidu through his deceitful transformation. This deceit I find comparable to that of the rebellious angels. In the text "Enkidu defiled his body so pure"(Tablet 1, Line 199).
This piece of art really speaks to me and the theme I chose for the project. This is more of an abstract piece but from what I'm understanding it is an animal transforming into a human. Symbolically the same thing happens to Enkidu. He is raised by the animals and then after his encounters with Shamhat he begins his process of becoming truly human.
I chose this image because of its backstory. Actaeon was a figure in greek mythology who suffered from the wrath of a goddess. This intertwines because Enkidu angered the gods and Acataeon was transformed into something other than what he was. He was also unrecognizable to his hounds, just like Enkidu after his defilement was unrecognizable to the animals that raised him (Tablet 1, Lines 197-198).
This interested me for the idea of reincarnation. The idea of being reborn into something different but ultimately being the same interested me and I saw this in Enkidu and Gilgamesh both. First when Enkidu is groomed and anointed which reminds me of a rebirth (Tablet II, Lines 100-112). There is parallel to this later in the epic as we see Gilgamesh become someone he is not until after he accepts his fate and returns to the person he truly was, a king (Tablet XI, Lines 263-270).
This image struck me deeply, and especially when I look back on the Complete Persepolis and recall how innocent young boys were sent off to war. These innocent children were transformed into soldiers and given false hopes, and told nothing but lies only to be slaughtered by their enemies. This picture portrays that part of the book truly.
When I think of Persepolis and it's relation to the theme of transformation I think of evil corruption. The country of Iran was so corrupted and manipulated by the evil of they government. Reason was put to the side and in it's place unjust actions took its place, and this image portrays that corruption.
This is a famous painting by Edvard Munch, painter of the scream, and I related it much to Marji. Marji is very innocent in the beginning of the story, and as readers continue through they can see her losing this innocence. The reality of what is going on is setting in. The woman in the painting is wearing white and red. White is a color of innocence, while red is a color of passion. I relate this to Marji's innocence. While Marji's passion for her country is strong. The man in black represents an evil, wearing his all black. The woman has her hands on her head, and I connect this with Marji's shifting views of the world and her confusion with what is really occurring around her.
This painting is a true representation of Marji's journey, or transformation throughout the depictions of her life in Persepolis. It represents the growth we see in her, and in the image we see the full grown plant. Marji at the end is fully grown, and like the plant, her roots are strong and and everywhere. I also see in the image somewhat of a cloud around the plant. I look at this symbolically as a growth of wisdom as well.
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