Identity And Racial Prejudice By Andrea Levy Essay

1583 Words Nov 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Each of Andrea Levy’s numerous novels has one thing in common: each tells the story of black Jamaicans searching for identity in Britain’s overly white society. According to Andrea Levy’s biography, Levy’s father came to Britain from Jamaica in 1948. On the other hand, Levy’s mother, who had been trained as a teacher in Jamaica, also came to Britain approximately six months later. Accordingly, Levy spoke of the strangeness and the struggles of the experience of assimilation and racial prejudice. She is quoted in her biography as saying “My parents [who were light-skinned Jamaicans] arrived here and were surprised to discover that they were considered black. Levy’s parents thought that people would look at them as white.” As a result, Andrea Levy, who was born in London in 1956, grew up with a greatly divided image of herself: in the world, she was black, but at home, “Black-- that word was never used in our house.” In her attempt to confront the civic context of the Jamaican immigration in the aftermath of the Second World War, Levy places a few characters in intimate portraits of individual struggle and cultural differences triggered by various types of prejudice in her novel Small Island. An important indication of the themes of Levy’s novel is her choice of the novel’s title. People of Britain became more aware that they inhabited a “small island” during the Second World War, as their overwhelming vulnerability to invasion was exposed while the British Empire…

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