Marjane struggles with religious identity throughout the book. “At the age of six I was already sure I was the last prophet (pg. 6).” When she told her teacher she wanted to be a prophet, people thought it was strange. When her parents asked her again what she wanted to be when she grows up, she said she would be a doctor, and her parents’ thought that was fine. Being a doctor is more of a normal response that children would say. Her innocence with her religious identity is that God has the power to bring justice to the world and spread love. The way she depicts God as a loving grandfather figure who is there with her every night. But as she starts learning more about the revolution and the horrible things that is happening in her society she starts taking a more serious, political view and slowly started to lose the sight of God. Some examples: when she wants to be apart of the revolution and go protest; ideas of justice and punishment as seen with the scene about Ramin and the nails; or the ideas of torture when she talked to her friends. When her uncle was imprison and killed, she becomes really angry and tells God to leave; it was the first time some really close to her is harm. She wrestles with her religious identity with the ideas of justice in this time of in society. During traumatic events sometimes you wonder where was God in all of this, was this apart of God’s plan, why did bad things had to happen to those who are innocence, etc. Traumatic events can really make you question what you believe in, your values, and your faith to a point where you might turn away from religion.
Iran is having parliamentary elections schedule for February 26; the Iranian vetting committee reversed a decision to disqualify more than 1,500 candidates who had registered to run. It is currently unclear who is running for seats, especially in the capital, Tehran, due to the absence of strong political parties. “An election official told the state news media that the decisions were reversed after a new review of the candidates’ qualifications and backgrounds. In Iran, all candidates must prove they fully support the Islamic republic and are devout Muslims.” I thought this quote was interesting because how do you prove your devotion to Islam. There is no way in checking if you are a devout Muslim and anyone can say they are. To question one’s religious identity with politics is very difficult and it is a similar struggle for Marjane in Persepolis.