There are two important scenes that show this variance of "public and private" life occurring. They are two different scenes in the sense of their point, but they come together because politics of veiling. In the first scene that shows this occurrance we see Marjane and all of her friends heading to a party. When most of us think about going somewhere like a party with all of our friends, we think of it as a time where we can just be ourselves with the people we love. On the way to the party we see Marjane and her friends wearing veils, almost hiding their true identities and feelings. We then cut to the party and see everyone including her without veils, without restrictions just "letting their hair down" literally! This shows the hiding of these peoples true identity. If Marjane and all of her friends wanted to where the veil, that would be find. But it is obvious that they are just wearing it so they don't get in trouble because once they get out of the publics eyes, they immediately take them off. With that we are able to see how some women truly feel about the veil and we also get to see the power that the Iranian government has over these people. That point brings me to my next scene.
The second scene that goes along with this "public and private" theme, and also shows the governments power, is the scene where Marjane's grandmother scolds her for wearing he veil even after she is out of the public eye. What makes this scene so important is Marjane's reason for not taking it off. Her reason was because she forgot that she was even wearing it. It shows that the Iranian government has so much control over its women and how they look that even the strongest minded of women who are against everything they stand for succumb to their power. It is exactly what the government wants, power over their people whether they know it or not. That is exactly what her grandmother is against and she makes sure that Marjane understands that she shouldn't ever let anyone, especially the government, control who she is.
The last two paragraphs have been mostly negative when it comes to talking about the veil. What I think I need say though after reading the articles and watching the film along with the youtube clips is that there is no right or wrong reason for wearing the veil. It seems that everyone has there own opinion on the issue. For Marjane, the veil was something that covered up who she really was, and according to one of the youtube clips, the veil is worn by some to cover their social status or class. There are so many things that determine what the veil means to Iranians, from the way they were raised, or to how much money they have, so unless we have any connections to the veil or Iran, we need to just listen to their reasonings and think before we judge.