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

Is London represented as a multi-cultural place in the novel Refugee Boy? Discuss with reference to at least three characters.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Is London represented as a multi-cultural place in the novel 'Refugee Boy'? Discuss with reference to at least three characters. It is fair to say that the London represented in the novel 'Refugee Boy' is an incredibly multi-cultural place. The city described by Benjamin Zephania seems to be a vibrant hubbub of various races, cultures and traditions, which all inter-mingle together to give the place a truly international feel. Three young friends in the novel especially represent this idea by bringing with them so much authentic culture from their ancestors' 'motherland'. Robert and Asher were both born in London, but still hold on dearly to the language, food and music of their parents, whereas Alem actually emigrated to the city from North East Africa. ...read more.

Middle

He also expresses his multiculturalism by immersing himself in foreign food and music that reminds him of his family's home. He states he likes to, "eat a bit of Chilean food and listen to a bit of Chilean music." This displays that he tries to keep in touch with the traditions of his ancestors' home. On top of this, Robert makes an effort to immerse fellow Londoners in the culture of his ancestors by telling stories he has learnt about Chile. He begins to tell Alem about why his family moved to the UK. He starts the story by mentioning the Chilean dictatorship: "In Chile there was a big football stadium..." ...read more.

Conclusion

He tries to keep his origins close to him by surrounding himself with traditional African crafts. There is a necklace in the, "carved shape of Africa hanging from his neck". By displaying this craftsmanship, Asher is showing the population of London that he is very proud to have connections with Africa, which contributes to the multicultural feeling of the city. Like Robert, he also wishes to teach Londoners about his culture and traditions. He relishes the chance to explain to Alem and Robert about his religion: Rastafarianism. "Shashamene is the land given to all Rastafarians ...so that we can return to the motherland and help to rebuild the great continent of Africa." Asher seems delighted to explain his religion's beliefs to willing listeners. ...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 Miscellaneous 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 Miscellaneous essays

  1. Brother Sebastian in the novel Lamb by Bernard Mac Laverty

    We are told that the plan is coming from demons at the back of his mind which triggers the sense of evil. "He had fought so hard for the past few hours, rejecting thoughts and images that had appeared like demons to torment him that he gave up and let

  2. Adventure begins here.

    "Thanks," Kai replied sitting down next to me smiling. "No problem," I said weakly smiling back. "Why did you do that? You could have let them cut me," he said quickly, not considering if my feelings got hurt. "Why did I do that?

  1. Cultures and Traditions

    The dog being starved would also have something to do with it since it would act in a more savage way. The widow is a very resourceful woman and will go to any ends to get what she wants. She even "begged for two trusses of straw."

  2. Comparing Elizabethan London to Modern Day London

    This is due to the fact that depending on where and how you lived affected how you were seen by the rest of the community. This is to do with society status; how you live and how you were seen by others.

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