Hortense Gilbert is a black woman who moves from her home in the British colony of Jamaica to London in hopes of becoming a ...
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...he changes that were occurring in the society around him and the ideological death of the patriarchal white dominated British society that once ruled the world.
In conclusion, Small Island addresses post-war Britain in a way unlike before, bringing an emotional and personable aspect to the most pressing issues of British society following the Second World War. In the novel, the character Hortense’s embodiment of the positive, nostalgically cherished traditions of the British Empire represents the things British citizens can always take pride in. In contrast, Levy’s ‘antagonist’ Bernard brings to light the less desirable characteristics of the classic Empire. Consequently, Queenie represents the clash between the aspects of the ‘olden’ days—along with Gilbert and Michael—and the move towards progress and social equality which forms British society as we know it today.
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