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Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

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Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman In this essay I intend to show how the relationship between the two main characters in Malorie Blackman's first book, "Noughts and Crosses", matures and reflect on the difficulties they face in a society where people from different races are treated differently. The book is split into two separate parts. Part of the story is told by Sephy (a cross) whose father is a leading politician. Her family consists of her Mum and her Dad and her older sister Minerva. They live in a huge house with servants. Callum (who tells the other half of the story and is a nought) lives in a run down house and his family barely have enough money to get by. He also has a Mum and a Dad as well as Jude, his older brother. Both families have more than their fair share of problems. The first indication that the friends, Sephy and Callum, have feelings for each other comes straight away when Callum says, " Can I kiss you?" ...read more.


who previously went to a nought-only school that have a lack of resources and funding, has managed to pass the entrance exam to a previously cross-only school but has to join what he calls "the baby class." This is because everyone in the class is at least a year younger than him and he feels frustrated over the amount of discrimination that he receives for being white skinned. This leads to Callum telling Sephy that he feels they are in different places and Callum says "us noughts are in one place and you crosses are in another with a huge, great wall between us." The emphasis on the 'us' and the 'you' illustrates how significant having different skin colour makes in the book. It shows that the two friends will face problems just for being such good friends with members of the opposite skin colour. The idea of Crosses and Noughts mixing seems a bad idea to most of the world that Callum and Sephy live in. ...read more.


Her schoolmates tell her, "stick to your own kind", and that "(noughts) smell funny and everyone knows none of them are keen to make friends with soap and water". This tells us how the white people are perceived. It shows us the kinds of thing people thought and still think. Another quote is found in the book that I feel highlights the kind of prejudices that can still be felt today is said by Sephy's 'cross' classmates. "We see them on the news practically every other day. Everyone knows they all belong to the Liberation militia and all they do is cause trouble and commit crimes and stuff like that..." This is the type of thing said by some people today such as 'all Iraqi's are bombers and terrorists and belong to the Taliban. Sephy and Callum are eventually driven apart although they still really love each other. The rest of the world does their best to split them up and to hurt them as much as they can. ?? ?? ?? ?? Matthew Williams PSL STUDY Mrs Black ...read more.

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