Prejudice Explored in Deadly Unna and Bend It Like Beckham

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English Essay (prejudice)

In the two texts Deadly Unna? written by Phillip Gwyne and Bend It Like Beckham directed by Gurinda Chadra the theme of prejudice is significantly explored. Deadly Unna? is the story of a young boy Blacky who is made to overcome prejudice in his small town of the Port. Bend it like Beckham is set in London and is the story of Jess a young Indian girl whose infatuation is football, much to her parent’s discontentment. The key theme of prejudice is greatly explored in both texts through the main characters and their relationships with their family and friends. It is also explored through the technical, symbolic, audio and written codes in both texts. Blacky and Jess must both overcome many types of prejudice including racial, gender, cultural and class prejudice. The prejudice in both texts is only overcome with much needed assistance, determination and perseverance from many major characters.

There are numerous examples of gender prejudice in the text Deadly Unna?. One of the obvious examples is when Blacky’s mum was not wanted as a coach at the Port football club. Neither Arks (the coach) nor the players wanted the help or support of a female. They might have thought it would be an embarrassment or simply it is and always will be a male’s sport. This is shown in the following quote “I’d thought of suggesting it to Arks that mum could be appointed tactical advisor. Send somebody over at the end of each quarter to get her thoughts. Or maybe they could use walkie talkies. But I knew Arks wouldn’t have a bar of it. Everybody thought that to be a great coach you had to have been a great player. And a bloke, of course.” pages 31 and 32. Blacky’s mum didn’t have the confidence to stand up for herself or her gender. I think that gender prejudice is not the biggest form of prejudice explored in this specific text, never the less, it is explored and gives an insight into how gender prejudice affects our community today.

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