So far, I’m truly enjoying this comic. I find it extremely interesting to see how Marjane’s perspective of the world around her changes as she grows older. As she experiences and understands more and more of the Islamic revolution and she grows older her mindset changes several times.
In the very beginning of the story describes her perception of the veil that became obligatory to wear in 1980 for women. She explains that they “didn’t really like to wear the veil, especially since [they] didn’t understand why [they] had to.” Under this line the comic displays a picture of a bunch of young girls comically playing with their veils displaying a childish mindset and an overall sense of ignorance.
As things in her life begin to change Marjane begins to show an interest as to why yet still presenting that childish nature. Marjane tells her parents “I want to come tomorrow! …To demonstrate on the street!” Her parents quickly explain to her that its extremely dangerous and turn her down done immediately yet throughout her argument for her right to demonstrate Marjane maintains a sense of childish wisdom, saying things like “For a revolution to succeed, the entire population must support it.” All the while, the comic’s pictures are displaying her as a stubborn child attempting to sound authoritative. I find it really interesting though that at such a young age she finds an interest in the revolution and want to be a part of it. I know I wasn’t interested in political matters at such a young age.
However, after a while Marjane’s mind set begins to change even more. In “The Key,” the very first picture in the comic shows Marjane reading as newspaper regarding all the Martyrs who have died for their cause. Throughout this section of the book at the age of fourteen it seems to me that Marjane is less interested in spouting an opinion and is simply soaking in information regarding the subject and going on about her teenage business.
I feel Marjane’s mind set will continue to change throughout the book as she gets older, learns more about the world around her, and begins to form a political opinion of her own.