Persepolis

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As a child, Marjane finds much comfort in God, who becomes a friend as well as a source of support. However, as the world around Marjane becomes uglier and uglier, and as she comes to understand that much of this ugliness is a result of the hardline religious leaders who now run the Islamic Republic, she begins to move herself away emotionally from God, and she finally banishes him from her life after she sees Anoosh in jail and knows he will soon be executed.
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God Character Timeline in Persepolis

The timeline below shows where the character God appears in Persepolis. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Veil
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...she devises has it that everyone should have a car. Every night she speaks with God, who appears as a character in the book, and confides with her grandmother about her... (full context)
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...she wishes to be a doctor. Regardless, she keeps her hopes alive in secret, telling God that she will continue being a prophet but that no one will know: “I wanted... (full context)
The Bicycle
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...many revolutionaries of Iran who died young deaths. She later gives the cold shoulder to God because she no longer wants to discuss her prophet-hood anymore. Instead, awkwardly, they talk about... (full context)
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...room, Marjane puts on a Che Guevara costume and then a Fidel Castro costume, but God, who she has ignored momentarily to listen further to her parents, has left the room... (full context)
The Heroes
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...on earth.” At night, Marjane lies in her bed and feels safe in the arms God. (full context)
The Sheep
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...The next day, the newspapers announce the execution of Anoosh as a “Russian Spy.” When God visits Marjane at night, she yells at him to “Shut up!” and to “get out... (full context)