'Anita and Me' quotes, themes & notes

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CHARACTERS:
Meena:
o Culture clash, personified. Herbs not gnomes in garden.
o Slang (parents use standard English)
o enjoys drama, hot dog incident, at the end she doesn't (Tracey)
o wants religion, like shrine on top of auntie Shaila's fridge, fit in with Indian
people, another thing differentiating herself from the British
o To be told off by a white person `let down whole Indian nation',
o `swallow grief..' when Nanima leaves (like parents)
o Lies (drama). Decides to tell truth about Tracey's accident.
Changed/matured
o `Too mouthy, clumsy and scabby' to be Indian,
o `Too Indian to be a real Tollington girl'
o `Junglee' (wild child)
o No Punjabi => learns Punjabi from Nanima
o Jealous of Sunil (bilingual baby)
o Doesn't accept racism `swift kick...bloody nose' unlike father
o Realises gang are `toddlers'
o `real midland wench'
o `All that potential all that hope gone because I made friends with Anita
Rutter'
o `best wench in Tollington' (Sam)
o Kiss -> Every time he sees an Asian will think of her. She's won.
o 11+ looming for the whole book... but at end `exam tomorrow' suddenly
cares and wants to please parents.
o To fail is to waste the trip of her parents to England.
o Tries to please parents by singing dancing `shag the arse off it'
o Imagination ­ picture the headlines, white boyfriend, letter to Jackie, yeti
in big house, Mr Topsey (not real name, shows innocence)
o Love for Anita turns to pity (mother left) turning point
o Can't see mama as role model ­ too different, no drama etc
o Nanima role model = gets drama from her
o Finally accepts her ethnicity when Sam challenges Nanima ­ sticks up for
her
o `Erases' Anita in hospital
Anita: `Cock of the yard'

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What's garlic?' (uncultured)
o Made a `fortress with her arms' as if try to steal her food, every man for
himself at home?
o `shag the arse off me' = love (naivety)
o Lies for attention, no attention at home, only attention she gets
o Happy to kill the dog ­ attention
o Alpha female
o Expect to backchat Mama but does as told; just needed mother?
o They could see a `masticated fish finger'
o `Am yow a lezzie?'
o Elbows on table
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Thin, sickly child'
She's a whippet, Anita a Rottweiler
Already `killed' by Anita (inside? bullying)
Doesn't know what Nigger meant (naive)
`Shrunken hollow eyed and silent'
Adjusted to Roberto's schedule
Regressive character
Thinks Sam is killing Anita (naive)
Resents Sam has sisters attention
Arms like `twigs'
Knows meena's a real friend, calls for her when Anita is with Sam
`Can't swim'
`Anita's shadow'
Sits outside waiting for mom to come home, `red eyes' with basket of
blackberries (not fed? Hungry?
She is neglect, personified
Robert:…read more

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Whisky = posh
Got a promotion
`politics-sholotics'
Standard English
Walks away from racism
Brings Nanima to support mama
Sunil: `longest baby'
Learns Punjabi as a baby (jealousy from Meena)
`Proud high football' kicks it?
`Take him to kids home' Cannock
Deidre: goes `window shopping'
`White stilettos and pointy boobs'
Contrast with papa (sleeps with others)
Scared of Kumar's
`aint we good enough for yow?'
Chose name `Nigger'
Tells Tracey she'll buy her the Christmases house
Boobs on show ­ assets
Anita's role model
Had Anita…read more

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Mr and Mrs Worrall: face like a `friendly potato',
Shows Meena how to make jam tarts
Looks after Mr Worrall, shell shock
`Her kids should be shot'
Mr Topsey/Turvey: gnomes in from garden,
Blazing rhododendrons
`Magical people' Indians
`Main artery which bisected the village'
`Sin ­ 3 letters, eternal consequences' Meena
THEMES:
Racism/bullying:
Nigger the dog, nigger brown paint,
`From Africa'
Sam kicks the small kids off the witches' hat
`Darkies' black country
Tracey bullied by Anita
Messages sent by Anita and Sam `shitty arse'…read more

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Big House man hid away (Harrinder Singh),
Indian people refuse a lift a few times - Mitchell's jump straight in,
Interfere with each other's life ­ English `has pride',
Worth being `ripped in half' for a boy
Indians: marry young, clever, lots of kids, men rule (papa contrast)
Aunties `utterly fire resistant'
Diwali celebrations
Nanima ­ oil on step
Treat `dogs better than their kids'
Saris part of `English people's education'. Bright colours.…read more

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Deidre rejects responsibility by leaving
`failed miserably' at looking after Nanima and Sunil to shop
Maturity ­ swallows grief like she's seen her parents do `1000 times before',
tries to feed Sunil,
`Soft in my old age' (Sunil)
Uncle Alan and Sam `blame and responsibility' chat
A boyfriend = status
Friendship/Relationships ­ Anita's false friendships with Sherrie & Fat Sally,
Robert had short relationship yet understands her better
Tracey sees Meena as friend, only one who showed her compassion
Compare Tracey and Anita with Sunil…read more

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Radioactive zone'
Mask up and down `like a diaphragm'
Current rejected Tracey `like a piece of litter'
Personification:
Tollington has `discarded its duffel coat of red brick and dirt'
`Nudging each other, waking up' looking out the window to see what's going on
Tracey = neglect
Anita's a Rottweiler
Alliteration:
`canine catastrophe' chpt 5
`flappin in my face'
Foreshadowing: fortune teller at fete
Statue in big house garden
Irony:
educated Drs Cant says Meena,
Tracey naive but takes on mother's role,
Context:
Post natal depression…read more

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