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Small Island ­ Chapter 26
Chapter Summary : Queenie, Bernard and Arthur
enter war-time Britain and experience the effects of
bombings and air-raids. More is revealed of Queenie
and Bernard's relationship and their differing
personalities. Queenie defies Bernard, starts to find
her own voice and opinions, particularly towards
immigrants and families of a different class.…read more

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In Chapter 26 Levy uses the voice of Queenie, who is
beginning to find her own voice and form her own
opinions, to demonstrate the different levels of
discrimination present in Britain as a result of the war. It is
here that we see a key change in Queenie, symbolised in
her getting a job without her husband's permission, also
representing in a historical context the beginnings of the
liberation of women in Britain from stay at home war-wife
to independent woman linking to another key theme of the
novel ­ feminism.…read more

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Begins with the nation going to war.
Pivotal moment ­ Bernard confessing his love
for Queenie, Queenie being cold towards him,
helps to explain his behaviour later on in India.
Ends with Queenie having witnessed the
horrors of war, and her cold unfeeling husband
getting a job, it seems to spite her husband `So
there!', but also to liberate herself.…read more

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Use of Narrative Time
Chapter 26 is set pre-1948
It reveals more of Queenie's past, her
relationship with Bernard and Bernard's
treatment of her.…read more

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Narrative Voice/Point of view
Chapter 26 is told from Queenie's point
of view is distinguished by her use of
colloquial language which is particularly
evident…read more

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Use of Dialogue
The difference in accents represents a
difference in class - `Oh fucking `ell' from the
Rotherhithe woman in comparison to `could be
me tomorrow and let me assure you I won't be
using language like that'. It also shows the high
intolerance of people `beneath them' that some
British people had, even towards their fellow
Britons during a time of crisis. This further
explains the treatment Gilbert and Hortense
both receive at the hands of the British.…read more

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