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Thanksgiving Symbol Analysis

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Firoozeh’s family celebrates Thanksgiving every year. At the Thanksgiving feast, her family members bring traditional Persian foods, but also cook a Turkey (the traditional American thing to eat at Thanksgiving). Furthermore, the family gives thanks for living in America, a country that (generally) supports gender equality and gives citizens the opportunity to vote and prosper financially. In all, the Thanksgiving feast symbolizes the way that Firoozeh and her family embrace American culture and tradition without ignoring their strong Iranian roots.

Thanksgiving Quotes in Funny in Farsi

The Funny in Farsi quotes below all refer to the symbol of Thanksgiving. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Immigration and Cultural Assimilation Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Randmom House edition of Funny in Farsi published in 2004.
Chapter 13 Quotes

During our Thanksgiving meal, my father gives thanks for living in a free country where he can vote. I always share gratitude for being able to pursue my hopes and dreams, despite being female. My relatives and I are proud to be Iranian, but we also give tremendous thanks for our lives in America, a nation where freedom reigns.

Related Characters: Firoozeh Dumas (speaker), Kazem
Related Symbols: Thanksgiving
Page Number: 71
Explanation and Analysis:

In this chapter, Firoozeh devotes some time to describing her family’s annual Thanksgiving feast. Thanksgiving is one of the quintessential American holidays, so the fact that her family celebrates Thanksgiving at all is a sign of their love and respect for America. Sure enough, when Kazem and his children sit down to eat, they begin by expressing their gratitude for being able to live in the United States: Kazem says he’s grateful the U.S. allows its citizens to vote, and Firoozeh says she’s grateful that American women can go to college and pursue careers. However, it’s also important to note that Kazem and his family serve Persian dishes at Thanksgiving, in addition to the usual turkey. In this sense, the Thanksgiving feast could be a symbol of the way Firoozeh and other Iranian-Americans adjust to their new life in the U.S.—by embracing American values and social structures (such as ideas of gender equality, education, and democracy) but never forgetting their Iranian culture.

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Thanksgiving Symbol Timeline in Funny in Farsi

The timeline below shows where the symbol Thanksgiving appears in Funny in Farsi. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13: America, Land of the Free
Immigration and Cultural Assimilation Theme Icon
Women and Feminism Theme Icon
Family Theme Icon
American Values Theme Icon
Firoozeh and her family celebrate Thanksgiving during their time in America. Nazireh makes curry, and the extended family brings other traditional... (full context)