The part of the book where Marjane made a moral decision, in my opinion, was when she was waiting for her boyfriend, Reza, in front of the Savafesh Bazaar. Marjane decided to get all dolled up for the meet up with Reza to surprise him. Marjane soon saw a car filled with Guardians of the revolution and that where going to overtake a bus. Marjane with her makeup would have been taken away because of the amount of makeup she was wearing so she decides to accuse a man sitting down beside her of saying something indecent to her. The Guardians soon take the man away believing what Marjane said. The story then ends with the guilt that Marjane had about falsely accusing the innocent man. After relating the story to her grandmother the grandmother teaches her an importance lesson of being truthful and having integrity. She leaves Marjane alone (323-330)
Marjane did make a moral decision to accuse the man. According to John Mill’s theory called utilitarianism which is also called “the greatest happiness principle” Mill argues that humans are capable of higher types of pleasures than animals thus humans want to get to the state of happiness whether it be to condemn another person (48). Marjane would fit this argument well. She was in a state of panic not knowing what to do and she used the man as a scapegoat. Mill then stated “actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness” (47). By not choosing to blame the man Marjane promoted happiness to herself, although not to the man. I guess you can find that has a counterargument, but for the state of herself it was a right action to do.
Mill stated that there is a “quantity & quality” issue between the levels of happiness that one person can receive. Some pleasures could be considered as “bases” and when we make a moral judgement on an action, utilitarianism thus takes into account not just the quantity, but also the quality of the pleasures resulting from it (48). When faced with the choice to choose between to forms of pleasure a person could choose the pleasure of higher quality over a different pleasure that may be accompanied by a discomfort. Marjane had the choice of choosing between two pleasures I guess you could call them, but one had a serious consequence. Although she did not have the influence of everything that was taught to her in her train of thought she decided on choosing the correct moral pleasure of letting the man become the one to be taken away. If she was the one to be taken away she would have been faced with more serious consequences as she later explained with Reza. She gives the examples of two couples who have been recently married, a couple that was dating, and a homosexual couple who have all been either abused physically or mentally have been in the onslaught of the rapid change from a more liberal law to a more strict religious law that was the consequence of the revolution. Marjane realized she...