Zahraa Al-Drees, Zahra Al-Mahdi, Hala Al-Hajji, A’Shaatha Al-Sharji

Dr. Hanan Muzaffar

Introduction to Comparative Literature 193/52


The Pill by Marjane Satrapi

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: A Tale for Children by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Pill

The Author: Marjane Satrapi

- Birth date: 1969 in Rasht, Iran.

- Nationality: Iranian-born French.

- Gender: female.

- Occupations: graphic novelist, illustrator, Academy Award-nominated animated film director, and children’s book author.

- Books (Most famous): autobiographical graphic novels Persepolis and Persepolis 2

The Comic:

- Main theme:

1) Culture shock (feelings of confusion experienced by the protagonist who encounters an unfamiliar cultural environment)

2) Westernization (adopting customs, practices, and believes of European people)

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: A Tale for Children

The Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

- Birth date: 1927

- Nationality: Columbian

- Gender: Male

- Occupations: novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and journalist

- Books (Most famous): One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera

The Text:

- Genre: Magic Realism (uses magical elements and events in ordinary and realistic situations)

- Main Theme:

1)      Doubt and ambiguity (sense of uncertainty by leaving loose ends, seeming to offer possibilities for several interpretations)

2)      Disinterestedness and indifference (lack of interest coming from both the winged man and the family later on)

The Comparison

Points of similarities:

1)      Both materials present its readers with the cultural traditions and customs of its author; Marquez’s folkloric society and Satrapi’s traditionalist one.

2)      Both revolved around religious aspects; Satrapi’s escaping from it and Marquez’s obsessed by it.

Points of differences:

1)       Satrapi: the Iranian girl (Marjane) is the protagonist. Marquez: no clear protagonist.

2)      Satrapi: First person narrator. Marquez: Third person narrator

3)      Satrapi: fixed story with no other interpretations. Marquez: many other possibilities and interpretations for the events and the characters.