• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Ayub Khan-Din portray the conflict in the play " East is East ".

Extracts from this document...


How does Ayub Khan-Din portray the conflict in the play " East is East " "East is East" is a play which is set in the 1970's in a deprived area called Salford, Manchester. The play is about an Anglo - Pakistani family. The family are called the Khan's; they live in a council road and own an English fish and chip shop. "East is East" was written in 1996 by Ayub Khan - Din, the play was based on the life of the author. The author was the youngest child and in the play his name was Sajit. The author did not attend to offend or make a statement with this play, but it was a way of making sense of his childhood. The Khan family were a very big family; they had one girl and five boys. They were all cramped into a small council house. Meenah the girl had her own room and all the boys were confined to a little room. They did not have a toilet; they had to use small bucket. This play was set in the 70's when the war between India and Pakistani was going on. The India and Pakistani war has a great effect on the play "East is East" because George Khan the father has family in Pakistan. ...read more.


This is just one way which they are in conflict with there father George. Another time is when Saleem stands up for the family. Saleem says to George that he doesn't think it is the right time for Abdul and Tariq to get married. George gets very irritated and starts to threaten Saleem, Saleem says "I'm not Pakistani, I was born here, I speak English, not Urdu." George says "Do you want choose like Nazir, han? Lose everything, go with bloody English girl? They not good, go with other men, drink alcohol, no look after." This is very ironic because George marries an English woman. Saleem then hits a raw nerve of Georges, He replies "Well if Pakistani women are so great, why did you marry me mam"? George grabs him, and pushes him on the ground and kicks and slaps him. George leaves Saleem lying on the floor crying. At the time of this play the India, Pakistan war was going on. This causes a lot of conflict between George and Indians because he believes that Pakistanis are the good ones and Indians are the bad ones. He also believes that the whole world is against Pakistan. George is Nationalistic about his country; he believes that Pakistan is better than any other country. He believes that every country is wrong and Pakistan is right. ...read more.


George and Ella have six children, all of them are against George accept Maneer. Maneer is the goody - goody out of them. He is too scared to rebel against his father. Maneer is George's favourite child because he is a strict Muslim; the family call him Ghandi because he is a religious leader. Another goody - goody is Abdul; he doesn't go partying like the rest he stays in. By the end of the play Abdul becomes more self-assured and confident. He goes to the pub for the first time ever. At the pub people are making racist jokes against Pakistanis, Abdul is laughing at the time. When he gets home he regrets laughing at the jokes. After the pub Tariq and Abdul were arguing, Tariq calls Abdul pathetic because he doesn't want to run away and live with Nazir. (Who also ran away because George arranged a marriage for him) Abdul says that he can't live without a family around him, Tariq thinks this is pathetic. I think that Ayub Khan - Din was very successful at portraying the conflict in the play "East is East". He created some very good conflicts. This play has a very compact story; this is probably because the play is about his life. I think that the play goes into great detail and provides many disagreements between the Khan family. The conflicts are about many things including; there religion, there race, there dad and so on. - 1 - Peter Tyler ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE George Eliot section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE George Eliot essays

  1. "Analyse the representation of Multicultural Britain in the films Bend It Like Beckham and ...

    These problems are evident from the opening scene. We are taken to a Champions League match between Anderlecht and Manchester United, in which Jess's idol, David Beckham, is playing. She dreams she is playing along side him as well scoring from a typical cross from the England skipper.

  2. Analyse the representation of multicultural Britain in 'Bend it like Beckham' and East is ...

    This represents the fact that Jess is looking up to an English modern day icon and shows her love of an English sport as a young Asian. She lives up in a suburban semi-detached house in Hounslow, just like thousands of other Asian families.

  1. The representation of ethnic minorities in film: East is East (1999)

    During his journey in the film he is faced with the prospect of an arranged marriage set up by his father to one of the Shah sisters. Tariq (Jimi Mistry), the 'geezer' in the family, has truly embraced all that is British especially when it comes to drinking and women,

  2. East Is East - review

    Ironically, his brothers taunt his wearing the whitecap: "a fing Gandhi." (Yes, the f-word is frequent.) The youngest son is the object of horseplay by his siblings, who discover his circumcision was incomplete. The father takes him to the local hospital where he asks the doctor to fix the boy's "tickle-tackle."

  1. How is The Theme of Conflict Dramatised in Act Two Scene 2 of 'East ...

    The scene opens with a reference to a previous cultural conflict, about Sajits delayed circumcision. " it only took you five minutes to draw a nob and foreskin last week" (page-44). Circumcision in a Muslim boys life is very important, as they believe the foreskin is dirty and shouldn't be there.

  2. Contemporary drama has the potential to educate and entertain an audience. How does the ...

    "I no want to bloody hurt you, I love my family" As George says this he begins to cry "George starts to cry" which brings out a lot of emotions and the audience begins to feel sympathy for George. All he tried to do was help his family and tried

  1. East is East.

    George's role as a husband is to bring up his family in a Muslim tradition. He respects his wife Ella. When George gets angry with Ella, she end up getting hurt as George is very violent, and George refers to his wife in Pakistan to teach Ella Islam is better.

  2. How is the concept of British identity represented in East is East?

    This is perhaps because British directors know the country in a lot more detail, and generally show a wider variety of communities and people. The cultures shown in British films include a poor Pakistani family living in the 60's, a young Heroin addict living in Glasgow in the 90's and

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work