Funny in Farsi

Thanksgiving Symbol Analysis

Thanksgiving Symbol Icon

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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer 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:

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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)