Marjane smokes a cigarette for the first time to be more like an adult. She kisses away her childhood by smoking the cigarette. This goes along with the reoccurring theme of the loss of innocence.
My Life 1
Marji was sitting at a cafe, when she heard some of her classmates talking behind her back. The called her an ugly Iranian cow and pushed her over the edge. She yells at them saying she is proud to be Iranian, and reminds herself of her true identity.
My Life 2
Marjane was scared the guardians of the Revolution were going to take her to the committee for wearing make up, so Marjane made up a lie to them. She told them at a man was harassing her, and he was arrested. After, she tells her grandma what happened, and she scolds Marjane.
My Life 2
Similar to Marji, I also tried a cigarette to feel older and more adult like. By smoking the cigarette, I expected to feel more manly. However, I too was disgusted by the intense cigarette smoke.
I have had a similar experience to Marji, when two girls in my 3rd grade class started talking behind my back. I overheard them say "Isaac has bad teeth." Although, I was angry, I did not stand up for my self like Marjane did.
I can relate to this part of Marji's life, because I had a similar experience with my brother. My mother was interrogating me trying to find out who ate the last cookie. I had to lie and blame my brother for it, and then my mom went and spanked him.