Funny in Farsi Literary Elements

Funny in Farsi Literary Elements

Genre

Autobiography / Memoir

Setting and Context

California, early 1970s

Narrator and Point of View

Firoozeh Dumas from her own point of view

Tone and Mood

Happy and entertaining

Protagonist and Antagonist

Firoozeh is the antagonist, the Iranian Revolution, which changed things for Iranians in America, the antagonist

Major Conflict

Firoozeh's mother in law is perpetually in conflict with her son for marrying her and it seems that most of his family are in conflict with each other

Climax

Firoozeh's wedding is the climax of the book and her family's life in America

Foreshadowing

After the Iranian Revolution there seemed to be a shift in the perception of Iranians and this foreshadowed the difficulty Kazeem would have in finding a job as nobody wanted to employ Iranians

Understatement

Uncle Nematollah believed he had gained a little weight which was an understatement as not one piece of his clothing fit him

Allusions

Firoozeh says she got stick with the King Kong of all sleeping bags alluding to the extreme size of the item

Imagery

My Christmas kitchen smells of ginger, chocolate, and cinnamon. In my childhood kitchen, Nowruz smelled of cardamom, roasted pistachios and rose water. And in every Iranian living room, the sweet scent of hyacinths trumpeted the arrival of Nowruz and the beginning of spring.

Paradox

Firoozeh wants to maintain her Iranian culture but wants to escape it too, which she does temporarily by going by the Westernized name of Julie

Parallelism

There was a parallel between Firoozeh and Francoise when it came to religion as both were secular and did not carry out the traditions of their religion but preferred to keep the traditions of their culture.

Metonymy and Synecdoche

The class was staring at Firoozeh and her mother - meaning that all of the individual students were staring

Personification

Firoozeh expected Noelle's bosom to break free and watch the parade with them attributing free will to Noelle's breasts

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