p. 18 (line 11) – p.19 (line 20)
Task: Analyse the language Bali Rai uses to describe Manny and his father.
• “Not bloody goreh..” (p.18, l. 26)
→ He is a racist
• “We are Punjabis and proud of it.”[..]
(p.18, ll. 33-37)
• → l. 40
(→ Father isn’t interested in Manny’s wishes or his opinion; he is dominant)
→ “proud” (l.34)
→ “pride” (l.11)
→ “honour” (l.11)
→ “hangover” (l.16)
• he thinks “all the
Punjabi men are the same” (l.25)
• “real bender” (l.14)
• “Brothers, cousin, it’s all the same to us.” (l.25)
à Father is not interested in his son
- conversative / pride
- bad manners
• “Yes, Daddy-ji” (p.18, l.13)
(→ “ji” after “Dad” indicated respect
• “I was extra polite to him” (l.13)
→ seems to be polite but does not mean it
à Manny is represented as a good son who tries to avoid to argue with his father.
The following summary includes how the author, using the language on page 18 and 19, describes Manny and his father.
First of all, the father says they are “not bloody goreh” (p.18,l.26). This suggests that the father is a racist and does not approve other cultures. To the same result you get, when reading the sentence: “We are Punjabis and proud of it” (p.18,l.33-34).
If it were up to the will of the father, there would be no other culture than that of the Punjabis.
After that the father tells his son that he will marry at the age of seventeen. Just like his brothers (l.40).
It is obvious that the father is not interested in Manny’s wishes. He seems to be dominant.
There are some words hat match exactly the setting of the father. These words are “proud” (p.18,l.34), “duty” (p.19,l.10), “pride” (p.19,l.11) and “honour” (p.19,l.11) With these words you show that the traditions are very important for the father.
The father is portrayed as an alcoholic (p.18,l.16 “hangover&rdquo and he thinks he is always right. He thinks “all Punjabi men are the same” (p.18,l.25). and he says “Brother, cousin, it’s all the same to us” (p.18,l.25). He clarified Manjit that he is nothing special and that the rules are apply to everyone.
Instead of respeaking his father, Manjit chiefly thinks about it and acts like he would agree.
Manjit is “extra polite to him” (p.18,.l.13) and says “ji” after “Dad”, because that indicated respect (p.18,l.13).
Manjit seems to be polite , but he does not mean it. He just wanted to avoid disputes with his father.
Finally, it is clear that Manny is represented as a good son who tries to avoid to argue with his father.
However, the father is not interested in his son. He is an alcoholic and has bad manners.