Zadie Smith - White Teeth and Multiculturalism
GRIN Verlag, Sep 30, 2007 - 32 pages
Seminar paper from the year 2002 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of London (English Department), course: Contemporary London in Literature, language: English, abstract: Zadie Smith, having a Jamaican mother and an English father, just wanted to write a funny book in which not everybody is white, she did not think much about multiculturalism in London because it is nothing to talk about, it is normal. However, the book became one of the best novels dealing with multiculturalism. A multicultural society consists of two or more different cultures which are different in language, religion, traditions and their systems of values. Britain and especially London became multicultural mainly by immigrants who left their countries mostly for political, demographic or economical reasons in the search for freedom and a better standard of living. Some so-called push- factors are political suppression, bad working conditions or natural disasters. Pull- factors are religious and political freedom and better jobs and chances to learn some money, for example. Britain itself encouraged people from overpopulated and underemployed Commonwealth countries to immigrate because it needed cheap workers to staff the semi-skilled and non-skilled vacancies and to rebuild the war-shattered economy. Most of the immigrants worked in the National Health Service, public transport or in the manufacturing service. Many of them got only low-paid manual jobs and became victims of discriminatory practices. These immigrants started the transformation of Britain and especially of London into a multicultural society. White Teeth is the story of three families from three different cultural backgrounds, the English-Jamaican Jones, the Bangladeshi Iqbals and the Jewish Chalfens, told mainly between 1974 and 1992, set in Willesden, a multicultural suburb in North London, where Zadie Smith herself lives. The novel is told in the tones and structures of
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akademische Texte Alsana Begum Archie Jones attend night school Bangladeshi women Britain and especially British Caribbean women caring father Chalfen family Clara Bowden-Jones Clara’s mother commit suicide cousin Ardashir daughter Irie English father Ethnic Minorities feminist finding a job friends friendship fully integrated fundamentalist go to university GRIN Verlag Hadjetian Zadie Smith halal Hortense Bowden Ibid immigrants Irie Bowden-Jones Islamic Jamaican mother Jehovah’s Witnesses Joyce kind of family lesbian live at home London Magid and Millat Magid turns main characters Marcus marriage married Millat becomes Millat Iqbal mixed race Monood multicultural society Multiculturalism GRIN Muslim family Neena niece novel parents Samad Miah Iqbal say at home Second World War Sylvia Hadjetian Zadie Teeth and Multiculturalism Three different cultures try to assimilate typical image typical Muslim victim of prejudices waiter wants to commit wealthy wear Western clothes wedding white Chalfens White culture white society White Teeth Willesden