It's important to understand the similarities between ourselves and those the U.S. government deem dangerous or threatening. Many become caught up in ideologies that bind them to one narrow way of thinking. This is dangerous, because then human beings are separated by their differences alone, when there are many, many similarities to consider.'Persepolis' gives us a glimpse of life in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and the war between Iran and Iraq. The story is told through the eyes of the author as a child and young woman. We learn that Iranians are no different than all of us. We have the same fears, hopes, dreams, and tragedies in our lives. It is far safer to recognize our similarities than to focus on differences often exaggerated by disagreeing governments.The illustrations convey the emotions of each character brilliantly, allowing the reader to firmly grasp his or her own humanity within the narrative.