Religion is an important theme throughout the memoir. Marzi had a very religious upbringing; “We go to church a lot in this family, and now that it’s Easter, we really go all the time. We go on Wednesday, all afternoon. We go on Thursday afternoon too…” (Sowa, 34). She often wonders about God but is proud of her faith. After a day of pulling pranks on the neighbours with her friends she says, “I hope in spite of all our silly games, we’ll still go to heaven” (Sowa, 46). She also has her first communion in the story titled God Loves Me. “During the catechism, the priest tells us that we finally have the requisite maturity to take Jesus into our hearts” (Sowa, 55). That day Marzi finds out that being a certain age doesn’t mean your mature; she sees some of the boys start fighting inside the church!
Another time she visits the family orchard with her parents and her aunt rushes over saying that the Virgin Mary has appeared in the school window. Marzi’s mother is very excited and insists on going to see it. Her mother and aunt saw it since they left right away; Marzi and her father go later but end up seeing nothing. “That must be faith… Those who believe, see, or believe they see… But don’t I believe? I’m sure if I’d seen her, I’d believe” (Sowa, 198). Her father says it was probably just a smudge on the window from the cleaning person.
In this review of Marzi it talks about religion as a theme in the memoir and how it was a big part of her growing up.
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Sowa, Marzena. Marzi: A Memoir. New York: DC Comics, 2011. Ebook.