The story takes place in Camden, which is situated in the north of London. A lot of different ethnical groups are represented …show more content…
The police won’t do shit…” (p. 4, l. 127) And that Dukwane’s first assumption is that Jermaine suggest that they kill the gang, yet again demonstrates what kind of environment these boys has grown up in.
A partly omniscient narrator tells the story, the point of view being Dukwane’s. That Dukwane is the one, who tells the story, has a significant affect, because it is through his eyes that we experience everything. Therefore the opinion of the reader is coloured by the thoughts and feelings of Dukwane.
It is made clear from the very beginning of the story, that getting into Cambridge is Dukwane’s top priority, ““Is it here yet?” he asked, bursting through the front door and gasping for breath.” (p. 1, l. 4) And when he does get in he is joyous, which isn’t strange considering that it is quite an accomplishment getting into such a prestigious university.
As many other in his neighbourhood, Dukwane comes from a lower income family, and he probably has to pay for his own education, which is why he works everyday even though he doesn’t seem to love his work …show more content…
1, ll. 25-27). So looking at his father reminds him that he wants to create a better life for himself and doesn’t want to end up like his parents.
He is very focused, and it seems like he doesn’t have a lot of fun, as Jermaine hints in his comment, “You should try it” (p. 2, l. 50), where he refers to having fun and getting with girls.
This just tells us how important this is to Dukwane and it makes it easier to understand the way he acts after the attack, when he thinks can’t achieve his dream anymore.
Barack Obama acts as a role model for Dukwane, “If Barack can do it, so can I.”(p. 1, l. 23), and this might very well be because he is black as Obama and then they have a similar upbringing.
How Dukwane acts during the attack shows a lot about his character. Even though he is outmatched and it isn’t his fight, he still chooses to protect the child, even though he knows that he might get hurt. But after the attack, he starts doubting himself and even though Jermaine try to convince that he did the right thing, he wont listen, “I don’t want to be me. This is not how it’s supposed to be. I was going to someone, and now I’m a cripple.” (p. 4, l.