Shattered Dreams
: An essay analyzing Chanu's assimilation process in Brick Lane

  • Caroline Harmon

    Student thesis: Professional degree, Advanced level


    Brick Lane has stimulated a wide range of debates regarding Monica Ali's portrayal of the inhabitants of the area from which the novel has taken its title. This essay claims that assimilation is the key theme of the novel, and that the desire to achieve it is represented most strongly in the character of Chanu. The latter's primary goal is to assimilate himself into the English society in which he now lives. In order to demonstrate just how complex this assimilation process is, Chanu is discussed in relation to society's influence on him and four concepts of post colonial theory, namely double consciousness, unhomeliness, mimicry and hybridity.

    Date of Award2014-Feb-04
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorJane Mattison (Supervisor) & Lena Ahlin (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Teacher Education

    Courses and Subjects

    • English

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Social Sciences (5)


    • post colonial theory
    • double consciousness
    • unhomeliness
    • cultural hybridity
    • mimicry

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