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Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
Transcript of Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
East London - multiplicity of races: "white gangs, black gangs, Muslim gangs, Sikh gangs and Chinese gangs" (p. 19)
Multiplicity of cultures: "He picked out Chinese shops, African dess shops, a Filipino bookshop, shops that sold jellied eels, Jamaican breads and Somalian foods" (p. 28)
It is the story of a teenager called Martin. He is the leader of the Gang of Three and he is popular. One night, he goes to a rap club with his friends, and, on the way back to his house, he accepts a ride home by an acquaintance. He and his friend Mark suffer an accident, but Martin takes the worst part: his face is terribly burnt.
I'll let you discover the rest of the story by yourselves...
He wants to be popular: "He was desperate to try and be like Martin" (p. 11)
He follows Martin (p 50)
- Cautious. This saves him. "I'm off - but I'm telling ya, I think you lot are mad" (p. 50).
-"He was continually doing good deeds" (p. 12)
Appearance: Mediterranean looks; long black hair.
"A boy about his age standing in front of him, with a face so disfigured that he gasped with surprise." (99)
Appearance: brown eyes, long, thick brown hair, slim build. He has "such a cute baby face (...) the kind of face many actors and impressionists would dream of" (p. 13).
Martin's, Natalie's, Matthew's, Mark's and Dr Owens' words are included.
This gave me an idea of what the book was about and what the characters were like.
"The characteristics of a person's face have nothing to do with their intelligence or their loveability."
Personality: he is funny but in a dangerous way (pp. 16 and 17). He is all the time testing people's limits, and his own too.
: "If you're a man, that means I'm a woman and even so, I ain't YOUR woman, I am me."
: when she's being looked at by three girls, she thinks that "they looked good but dangerous" (p. 25). Then, when they approach "Natalie expected trouble" (p. 26).
: "She began to wonder... (p. 27). 33
Racism: "Some of the shutters had racist graffiti painted on them" (p. 28)
Drugs: "There's drugs everywhere, man, everywhere ya go there's dealers" (p. 31)
: "I'm not going there, it's all black music (...) The place is gonna be full of blacks, they don't like us" (p. 32)
Begins to appreciate life and important things p 76
"The first thing you have to do is to come to terms with the way you are".(90)
Anthony is an extrovert.
He helps Martin grow more confident. "The way Anthony talked about himself with ease... "(102)
He grows closer to his parents "Martin, his mother and his father hugged" (114)
"He realized that he was no longer leading the gang" (p. 121)
I don't care if you look a bit poxy (125)
The head mistress tells Martin's classmate that he has no disease.
Martin's self-awareness: "you would have probably made some remark, or even cracked a joke" (131)
You're putting me off my food. (133) She's what I call a facialist. She's dealing in facial discrimination (135)
Friends change: "he was beginning to choose his friends according to the respect they had for him" (140)
"It was as if he was making a new gang, with himself as the leader" (142)
The Unity: "disability" (149)
"It's me learning to deal with other people's prejudices" (151)
Martin's mum: "I don't think Natalie knows herself" (165)
The White Knights
"Ugly man" "Bad man" "Dog face" "Bogey man"
Reflect upon the ways in which we discriminate
Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah (1958-).
Born in Birmingham, England.
English writer, dub poet and Rastafarian
Dub poets: deliver chanted speech with pronounced rhythmic accentuation and dramatic stylization of gesture. Employ call-and-response devices to engage audiences.
The Rastafari way of life: the spiritual use of cannabis; the rejection of the degenerate society of materialism, oppression, and sensual pleasures.
Son of a Barbadian postman and a Jamaican nurse
Spoke out against homophobia in Jamaica.
He is in favour of a British Republic and the dis-establishment of the crown.
Publicly rejected the Order of the British Empire."I am profoundly anti-empire."
Left school when he was 13, unable to read or write
Look at me, smile, you are now seeing
A great thing called a human being.
You are beautiful no matter what they say
Words can't bring you down
Karina Antill., girl, age 14, from ellesmere port., United Kingdom, on 30th June 2008. Rating: 9/10
It taught me not to look on the outside but what’s on the inside that counts.
JAZZY, girl, age 15, from Macduff in Scotland, United Kingdom, on 22nd June 2007. Rating: 9/10
We read this book in class and it was reely good. the hole class got involvid in it and we did talks and essays on it. if more of the books we did in class where this good then we might eavin start enjoing english!
Charlie, girl, age 13, from ELTHAM, LONDON, United Kingdom, on 22nd June 2007. Rating: 8/10
I think it is a really good book. It tells you how it feels to be different. Either black or white, deformed or normal, got an neverending illness or very well, rich or poor, high up in a job or low down, cool or not, popular or on your own it doesn't mean anything. Also, I think this says that no matter what you look like and also no matter what personality you've got that we all should be treated the same and with respect. no one should be discriminated in the world. every one is the same. we are all on the same level.