On the day of 9/11 I was in preschool. I was at the school when it happened and our teacher didn't know how to tell us, so I went home confused. (This relates to how Marjane was confused about the revolution as a kid)
I went home very curious and decided to ask my mom why everyone seemed so worried. (Marjane was also oblivious to many things)
My mother was very straight-forward and even though I felt sad for the individuals that passed away I still remained confused about the situation and why it would happen.
The news, everywhere, covered 9/11 it became such a big deal that every single year we had to talk about it. Later on, I started to look into it myself and have a different view on what actually happened. (Marjane also explored the revolution on her own)
America's patriotism and nationalism heightened and this also led to an increase of ignorance. This led to a spark of privacy vs safety. ex: e checked at airports. (Marjane had to choose between being personally modern or wear her veil due to social standards)
Nationalism and patriotism have gotten so strong in the USA that if you dont sit for the pledge you can be seen as disrespectful instead of using your rights. It seems people forget personal choice. (The story of the lady being ridiculed for being in a western magazine)