‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ by Lee Harper and ‘Funny in Farsi’ by Firoozeh Dumas are two books that have raised the pertinent issues of racial difference within our society.
While both the books show how the racial differences become immaterial within the broader consensus of human relationship, the way, authors have dealt with the subject is hugely important. In ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’, author has unfolded the consequences of racial hatred through the eyes of six year old protagonist, Scott. Scott is the daughter of White Lawyer, Atticus Finch, who employs black governess for his three children. Despite social outcry, these white children are brought up black governess who teaches them basic human values that cut across racial and cultural paradigms. Atticus fights the cases of black people who are being exploited by the white dominant society. The children, witness the injustice when they sit in the ‘color’ balcony with their housekeeper in the court of law while their father fights the case of black youth, Tim Robinson, who is falsely accused of raping a white woman.
Atticus tells his children that ‘..as you grow older, youll see white men cheat black men … and dont you forget it- no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash’ (Atticus , 233). The Finch family emphatically exposed the duplicity in man’s nature and shows that people must treated fairly across race, color and culture.
‘Funny in Farsi’, on the other hand is interesting in its treatment of the subject. Dumas, an Iranian immigrant, who had come to America at the tender age of seven shows how problems due to socio-cultural differences can be overcome in foreign land. It is an autobiographical account of the author during her growing up period. She says though language barrier was important issue but not