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(Un)arranged marriage by Bali Rai

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(Un)arranged marriage by Bali Rai
Manjit's journey - plot
+thought-provoking impulses

+shows why it is so hard to be accepted in the family, school and society and how the victim feels

+mentioned topics still affect our life's

+shows how it is to live with two contrasting cultures

+thrilling and unexpected ending

+as a reader you are emotionally involved
Our review to (Un)arranged marriage
observer-narrator

we get to know his emotions, conflicts and journeys
colloquial language:
- also in Punjabi
reader is able to put himself in Manjit's position
internal action
:
emphasis on Manjit's consciousness
atmosphere:
...is described in detail with the use of
adjectives
and
adverbs.
...thrilling.
main message
: shows how
hard it is to be accepted
in family, school and in society if you see things from a different view.
still affects our lifes:
- multiculturalism
- globalisation
- lack of communication
Analysis
cultural identity:
->Manjit
cannot identify
with his Indian roots
-> loves British culture
Topics dealt with
"If they had bothered to open their eyes they would have seen me: seventeen, angry, upset but determined. Determined to do my own thing, to choose my own path in life."
- (p.6 l.26-28)
Manjit
at the
beginning
it is an
arranged
marriage
after Manny crashed his own wedding, it turns to an
unpredictable

'unarranged'
marriage
Why is the title chosen like this?
Father:
very religious and values his culture
"lives in an ethnic bubble"
racist
, aggressive, ruthless
very violent
(p.11 l.3-7)
addicted to alcohol
wants back to Punjab
"(...) with his pride and honor"
(p.19 l.10-11)
wants his sons
"to turn into a newer versions of him"
(p.10 l.38-40)
sees himself as a 'real Punjabi'
Father and mother
How acts a 'real Punjabi'?
Are there any unique aspects?
Book:

(Un)arranged marriage by Bali Rai
Used sources:
presented by Elmina and Katherine
Introduction:
1. The plot
2. topics
3. Characters:
Manny
Father, Mother
Harry, Ranjit, Jas
Ady
Lisa
4. Analysis
How acts a 'real Punjabi'?
title
specials of the book
5. Our personal comments
Mother:
Harry, Ranjit and Jas
Ady and Lisa
family structure:

->
patriarchal system
-> honor and a good reputation is their priority (p.23 l.15-17)
race relation:
-> Manjit's best friend is a Jamaican
-> father forbids Manjit to hang around with people of different ethnic groups
-> Lisa's parents accept Manjit
life in the suburb:
-> Indian population is the
2nd dominating
ethnic group
-> low vs. high social classes
arranged marriage:

-> typical tradition
-> father is able to go back to Punjab (p.19 l.10-11)
-> reason for failing school
->
desperate and confusion ->
Manjit is ready to fight
(p.57 l.10)
identifies with
British/Western culture
(p.22 l.22-25)
doesn't feel like a Punjabi:

doesn't even believe in God
(p.19 l.27-30)
hates
his father and Harry
-> they make him feel like an outsider
(p.11 l.19)
his
father has high influence
on his character
different interests in life:
- academic success
- choose own path in life
Lisa is the
only person
who
accepts
and
understands him
with Ady Manjit explores his life
after India
->
determined to 'unarrange' the marriage
polite, friendly, smart, calm, sensitive, emotional and thoughtful boy
'black sheep'
Bilhar (Harry):
like his father
follows the same interests as his father
only spends time with Indian people
sees himself as a 'real Punjabi'
bullies Manjit
he was the only one who knew about leaving Manny alone in India
Ranjit:
Jas:
sister-in-law
only person in the family who listens to Manjit
convinces Manjit to come with them to India
equality
toward everyone (p.175 l.7)
tolerating
and
respecting
other cultures (p.175 l.7-13)
respecting family members (p.174 l.40)
no patriarchal system needed
no arranged marriages (p.175 l.10)
RESPECTING
everyone and
CHOOSING OWN PATH IN LIFE
Autobiographical aspects:
born in Leicester, England
writer of short stories
loves reggae music
grew up multicultural as Punjabis in England
was not told to get married
"This novel is partly autobiographical with the rest based on the true life experiences of friends and family."
- Bali Rai
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http://www.klett-sprachen.de/_cover_media/360b/9783125780408
http://media.bonnierforlagen.se/forfattarfotonstandard/b/20895b
pictures:
information:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(un)arranged_marriage
https://unarrangedmarriage.wordpress.com/chapter-summaries/
Thank You for Your attention!
young Indian man , Manjit , who is born in Britain and has to follow the traditions of his parents' house
tries to fight against his arranged marriage
speaks bad English, but good Punjabi
never went to school
'good Punjabi housewife'
has no real friends
follows the Punjabi traditions
doesn't really like Britain, but is happy about the money the family is earning there
did not have a strong relationship to Manny

born in India
oldest son
bad English , good Punjabi
works in a factory
only Punjabian friends
wants to be like his father, a typical Indian
described as a copy of his father
sometimes cares about Manny
hugging him when he is crying
protecting him from Harry's teasing
Ady
Jamaican
19 years old
partner in crime
helps Manny to escape on his wedding day
Manny's mental support
Lisa
Manny's first girlfriend
true love
Manny's mental support
he receives love and attention from her and her parents
offers him her room after escaping from the wedding
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