Author: Marjane Satrapi
Pages: 3-62 + introduction
In the beginning of the book, Marjane constantly says that she would be a prophet when she grows up. When she would tell that to other people, they would laugh and say that she is crazy. Why do you think people didn't accept that she wanted to be a prophet?
I think that people thought it was crazy that Marjane wanted to be a prophet because it's not that just because she wants to be a prophet she will be one. A prophet is someone chosen by God to teach other people about him. People thought it was crazy that a little girl kept saying that she was going to be a prophet when she's just a child. If she tells people that she sees God every night like the book shows, people won't believe that is actually true. No one can believe in what a child says because they could be saying something that didn't happen. Little kids always say nonsense so you can never believe in everything they say. I think that the parts that show that she saw God was just what she imagined. Since she is a child, she could be imagining these things. If Marjane came to me and said that she wanted to be a prophet when she grows up, I think I would react that same say as other people because it's not like God chose a little girl to be a prophet.
On page 10, Marjane says, "The revolution is like a bicycle. When the wheels don't turn, it falls." What do you think she means by that?
I think what Marjane is trying to say is that if everyone doesn't work together to stop the government, they won't be able to stop them. She compares that with a bicycle because if the bike doesn't move, it will fall. If the person is not pedaling, the bicycle will fall. She's trying to say that everyone has to work together so that the revolution succeeds. If they don't work together, the revolution will fail. She is saying that teamwork is very important. They have to work together to remove the power from the government. When we ride that bicycle with two of more people, everyone has to work together and pedal so that the bike moves. If one person is not pedaling, it will not move. It is the same thing with the revolution.
Why do you think Marjane was so proud to tell her friends that her uncle and a lot of her siblings went to prison? And why did she keep referring them as heroes?
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