Faith Not Valid

Freedom of religion is a great thing. However,  Iran, during the Islamic Revolution,  wasn’t too big on the whole freedom thing. The regime wanted everyone to follow Islam to the letter. Marji is actually devoutly religious- she believes in God, and she has strong faith. So why does she have a problem with this? She believes that her faith in God doesn’t depend on how much hair shows through a veil.

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A few questions to think about are:

  1. Does Marji really talk to God, or are her conversation a literary device?
  2. How does Marji show her faith in God?
  3. Does Marji lose her faith when she moves to Vienna?

Marji believes in God, but she doesn’t necessarily believe in religion and the customs that surround it.

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Faith Not Valid

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19 thoughts on “Faith Not Valid

  1. tshapiro101 says:

    It has been drilled into Marji to believe in god. The country she lives in forces her to. I don’t think that even in the beginning, when she was younger, she really deeply believed in god. In school she is constantly being told to pray, have faith, and learn about her religion. How is she supposed to stand up and say “I don’t actually believe in this.”? By talking to god every night she is able to observe a religion that she is forced to, in her own way. As she gets older, she still believes somewhat in this “religion,” but the fundamentalists continue to leave a bad taste of religion in her mouth.

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  2. lcaballerogabriella says:

    From a very young age Marji was told to love and praise God. It was taught to her by various teachers, and in Iran, religion was very important to the people who lived there. When war broke out all of a sudden her world became less religious and more secular. Which isn’t a bad thing because at some point the world would have taken that turn. Whether she stay true to her religion and committed to stay by Gods side is another. It was all up to her and how she wanted to run her world; no matter what the their government and society says than.

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  3. krupascott says:

    I feel that Marji was in a way forced to believe in god. So to me she isn’t really talking to god. This is from how the government is run and enforces religion and prayer in school and that you have to do things like wear a veil in public. So I feel if she wasn’t forced to believe in god then she wouldn’t be as religious and have this connection with god. This relationship with god remains as she gets older and remains faith when she moves to Vienna.

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    • marinaluddy says:

      I disagree, I believe Marji truely believed in God because she went to him for advice and every night she would depend on God. Her family also values God which means even more to Marji. She was forced to be in the government of her town, she was not forced to be religious or to believe in God. But both her and her family are against the government, I don’t think it has anything to do with her individual beliefs. She has always been religious.

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  4. iviggiano4 says:

    I think when Marji talks to God it’s to get his opinion on life. Since Marji was little region was drilled into her head and she didn’t know what to believe. Marji shows her faith in god by talking to him and telling her whats going on in her life. In school religion was brainwashed into the children’s minds but how was she supposed to say she didn’t believe him that without getting death stares.

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  5. walkerethan says:

    Ever since Marji was young she was forced to believe in god because her country basically stuck it into their heads. The people of Iran are told that you should praise god from an early age. You grow up learning that god is this amazing deity. How are you supposed to stand up and oppose that without being completely cut off by her society?

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    • krupascott says:

      I totally agree with Ethan here about how the government and their country “stuck it into their heads”. But I’m going to disagree with you because she isn’t standing up to stop believing in god. She is becoming less and less of a believer, so I feel it would be harder to keep following that religion at that point.

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  6. lmartin7089 says:

    In your questions to think about you ask “Does Marji loose her faith when she moves to Vienna?” With the information given in the book there is no way to officially know what happens to her in Vienna. But I think that it’s safe to assume that she will never loose her faith in God completely. She may not fantasize about his sitting in her room talking to her, but with out her parents i think she will turn to praying for support.

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  7. anasantiz says:

    I feel like when Marji was a young girl, religion was the most important thing to her. She was so committed to her religion because she was taught that religion is always number one in life and that it is always right. She looked to God for help on everything and depended in Him for everything. As she got older, she grew apart from her beliefs and commitment to God. She used to have the desire of being a prophet, but she started talking less and less about her faith. She started to realize what else is going on in the world.

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  8. kbailey58 says:

    I feel Marji’s belief in god was her own but teachers and other people had also pushed it onto her. Even when teachers had told them to rip out the page she was confused because everyone told her he was chosen by a god,so why would they tell her to rip him out? During the revolution Marji’s fait is lessened and it seems as though she eventually gives up on it entirely when she feels out of control of everything. I feel this would’ve happened anyway thought because it would depend on how she felt getting older amd if she was willing to keep with her religion without someone telling what to believe.

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  9. susanarredondo14 says:

    I believe that Marji grew up believing in God but at her young age she didn’t really come to religiously worship the religion. Marji shows her faith in God when she speaks to him all the time when she’s not doing so well. Before the war Marji was taught to believe in God. She grew up with everyone around her being very religious, but once the war impacted her life the strong faith everyone had on God began to disappear. As she began to grow up she realized what was going on around her. I think Marji won’t lose her faith in God as she moves on with a new chapter in her life. As she keeps getting older her faith towards God keeps getting stronger and stronger.

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    • ramosdanny says:

      Susan is very right, When marji was little she wasn’t forced into believing in god, she just did it because she actually believed in him. But now that is is forced upon her, she disagrees with god and no longer believes in him like she used to. I think her age growing up could be a factor of this, But so can the war. War made her think that god isnt helping her or people, Because of all the death. So she began to doubt god and his ways.

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  10. You can tell that Marji’s faith is strong as a child because she really believes that she is having conversations with God, and in the beginning of the book she is even led to believe that she is the last prophet. As a young girl, faith and religion are some of the most important things to Marji. However, as she grows, her faith shrinks and she believes that God has abandoned her and left their country to burn. These details show that her faith remains strong until she becomes surrounded by war. She feels that all hope is lost as she becomes surrounded by death and she doesn’t know what to think anymore. At the end of the book Marji has very little faith in God.

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    • lmartin7089 says:

      I disagree with what Emily is saying. I think that in the end out the book, yes Marji’s faith is less then in the beginning but I do believe that it is still there. The faith that Marji has cannot be taken away very easily and may never be.

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  11. ramosdanny says:

    I feel that marji believed more in God when it wasn’t forced. Before the regime she prayed and talked to God. After it was forced she started disagreeing with God. She was young. And didn’t like things being forced upon her

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  12. nlam1 says:

    I think Marji really believed in God when she was younger. She always talked to God and asked him about what is happening. She was always comforted by him, and when he didn’t visit it would worry her. In her country they believed strongly in religion even in school. But when the revolution began she didn’t really think about religion. She stopped talking to God each night like she used to. I think she still believes in religion as she is getting older but she has to worry about other things, the things that are going on in her country and around her.

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  13. areyes6290 says:

    Marji has always had a very strong relationship with god. However, this relationship was driven by many factors. People in the world of fiction often encounter distressing trials from which they seek an anchor to ground them. Being able to rely so heavily on religion was Marji’s anchor. She sought out safety in religion, but soon, religion became the very thing that she mocked because the true meaning of it had been lost. She no longer felt that she had control over her beliefs as shown in the article when she and her friends use the “sacred” veil as a toy. When people started telling her how to believe, telling her how to tie herself down to her anchor, it made it dissapear completely. Due to the harsh rules and punishments put in by the religious rulers, the thing she one sought out comfort, trust, and safeguarding in, had now become the thing she most feared. If she messed up how she was supposed to enact her beliefs, it could be her life on the line.

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  14. kdarcyoliveira says:

    Marji has been taught from a young age to believe blindly in God and the religion. When you’re young, you can’t really formulate your own opinions about things. You trust adults to have opinions which you eventually just take as your own. All of her teachers and adults she spent most of her time with all drilled the idea of God and Religion into her head. When Marji is talking to God in the books I believe that she is becoming aware of her own opinions and is having “God” ( that’s actually her conscious) tell her them. This relationship will probably never end because it is ultimately the relationship she has with herself, her thoughts, opinions and beliefs.

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  15. caddison1 says:

    In the beginning of the book marjis very religious because she talks to god and he helps her through the mess that is happening around her. As the book goes on she starts to lose faith in her religion and feels like god is diserting her. She feels betrayed and god comes to talk to rhe and try and help she turns him away because of what is happening around her. As he revolution started to get worse and worse she started to give up in her religion. She stopped trying as hard to believe in her religion.

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