Young people begin discovering things about themselves such as interests, hobbies, and dreams as they grow up. However, some forces more powerful than them may obstruct their freedom. These forces may mold and shape the youth in what they think is right for them even though they do not like it. These forces take away their freedom. “Persepolis depicts Iran before, during, and after the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the rise of the autocratic Islamic state under Ayatollah Khomeini. The beginning of Persepolis I: The Story of a Childhood is narrated by eight-year-old Marji who is learning to navigate the new rules of the Islamic regime built upon the foundations of an Islamic republic and sharī‘ah law. As the narrative progresses Marji grows increasingly resistant to the regime—a resistance that is supported by her parents—until by the end of the first book she is an adolescent in the airport leaving for Austria. The second book, Persepolis II: The Story of a Return, picks up once Marji is in Austria and narrates her struggle to find her identity in exile. In a mirror image of Book I, Book II ends with Marji in the airport leaving her family to return to a final, self-imposed exile in Europe.