Throughout human history every region and culture has undergone some form of destruction. Whether misfortunes were brought about by natural disasters, civil strife, or neighboring conflicts, periods of disorder are unavoidable. In the Epic of Gilgamesh the city of Uruk is victim to political hardships under the rule of Gilgamesh. The text also discusses the Deluge, which involved the literal destruction of humankind. Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis addresses the more recent events of the Iranian Revolution and the resulting aftermath. She endured a childhood filled with destruction around every corner, and depicts it in the art of her graphic novel. Both texts possess themes of decay and disappointment when faced with the realities of the world. As the protagonists come to understand that remembering the struggles of the past is important, but looking towards the future is what they ought to do.