1. Do you think it was necessary for the author to put herself smoking her first cigarette? What meaning do you think it has?
I think the scene Marjane smokes her first cigarette represented how she now thought of herself as a grown up and her determination to actually taking part in going against the governments choices, making her own decisions. Nonetheless, I found that scene slightly unnecessary and somewhat considered inappropriate to some readers since Marjane was not a fully grown adult. In fact, she only 13 years old. Regarding to this fact, I thought that this could influence children to be engaged in smoking. Especially, the last part where she says "Now I was a grown-up" could be viewed in a way that smoking means growing up when really, that is not the case.
No Smoking Sign. Digital image. Web Design Library. N.p., 14 Nov. 2007. Web. 29 Sept. 2014. <http://www.webdesign.org/photoshop/drawing-techniques/no-smoking-sign.13458.html>.
2. How would you feel like to spend your childhood during the Iranian war? Would you get tapes and posters of your favorite singer/ fandoms if you were living in that time regarding the possibility of getting arrested?
The photo below represents the restrains of laws. The photo relates to this question because I would have been forced to put on a veil and prohibited from enjoyable events as well as being restrained by the limited rights for women. I would have hated being born in a time like that, especially because I love my fandoms and getting products related to those fandoms are exceptionally happy moments of my life. However, I would keep myself from getting those fandom/american products if I were to live in that time because I could be sent to the committee. Which could possibly mean anything, from hours of detaining to being whipped. In the worst case I could put my whole family in danger as well. Therefore, since I am not the kind of person that likes taking unnecessary risks, I do not believe I would value fandoms more than my life or my family's life.
Handcuffs 7. Digital image. Deviantart. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Sept.
3. If you were Marjane would you want to leave to Austria even though that could mean being separated from your parents forever?
If I was to be Marjane I don't think I could have just left to Austria, especially after the incident where Baba-Levy's house was bombed. Although I know that staying in Iran will not help me with anything, and that going to Austria is a better choice to continue on with my future, I think I would not be able to get over the situation in a week and I could have been traumatized by the death of my friend and how close my family went to facing death. Consequently, I think my attachment to the people around me would make it difficult for me to go to Austria all alone.