Trapped Between Different Cultures Essay

901 Words Oct 5th, 2013 4 Pages
Year 8 Critical Review – Different Cultures…
How does Jolil feel trapped between the two cultures in the short story Kiss Miss Carol by Farrukh Dhondy?
In this essay I shall be discussing and looking at how Jolil feels, distressed between two different cultures that he is living in, at school and at home. Jolil feels stuck between the two cultures because his family are Muslim. Their culture is Bangladeshi and he is living in Britain in the East End of London. In ‘Kiss Miss Carol’ I think Farrukh Dhondy is trying to emphasise the contrast between the two different cultures and put across to the audience how difficult it is to merge them together harmoniously.
In ‘Kiss Miss Carol’ Jolil’s father works hard and wants his son to follow
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Throughout the story Jolil is confused about it true identity. “He was not like the white children.” This shows us that Jolil is realising that he is different to the other white children, he wants to have a normal, fun life like the other children lived. Playing out with their friends and reading comics… Not sitting at home at a sewing machine most of the time. Jolil begins to feel guilty and unsure about what to do and say… “I’m the traitor Miss, no holiday for the school.” Jolil is under pressure from both sides, he can’t decide what to do as his father does not want him to do the school play but he has been really looking forward to it and is desperate to do it but he doesn’t know how he will get out of helping his mother and father at work. Here I can imagine that Jolil is feeling very confused.
Studying the differences of two separate cultures in this essay has made me realise that it can be really tough, especially at school. I have learnt that boys and girls cannot live a normal life, being trapped between two very contrasting cultures. They have to abide by the rules of their religion. Two very different, individual cultures diverging together can be extremely

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