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    In Zadie Smith’s first and third novels, White Teeth and On Beauty, respectively, Smith utilizes the plot point of having a husband cheat on his wife with a younger and white woman. Through this plot point, Zadie Smith explores the marital dynamics of two couples: Alsana and Samad Miah in White Teeth and Kiki and Howard Belsey in On Beauty. Howard and Samad both sleep with women who are very different from their wives; Howard has relations with Claire Bowden (who is white, very thin, and academic)

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    An Analysis of White Teeth by Zadie Smith

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    Zadie Smith's multicultural, post colonial novel has been widely discussed in the literary world. At the age of 25, Zadie Smith captures the immensely believable lives of an aging Bangladeshi Muslim man, a too-concerned middle-class white woman poking her nose in all the wrong business, and an adolescent half-Jamaican girl with self-esteem issues. Over the span of about 30 years, the three families in the book undergo a wide web of separate but somehow connected circumstances, and Smith became

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    In White Teeth, Zadie Smith warns against the dangers of purism and letting cultural background completely shape one’s identity while simultaneously paying tribute to the rich heritage and beliefs of her characters. It is a cautionary tale for immigrants but is never dismissive of their past. Smith is merely advising against tunnel vision and stressing the need to adapt to one’s environment. She shows the beauty that can stem from adaptation while warning that an inability to do so will lead to one’s

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    From the beginning of her novel "White Teeth," Zadie Smith presents the reader with realistic, current issues and humor which is significantly complimented by a time-resistant setting. Her word choice brings out a unique and intriguing personality for each character introduced so far in the novel. One of the major themes of the novel so far is the theme of those who endow various trifles, whether miniscule or gigantic these trifles play a huge role in the novels story. The Irony, cynicism, and idiosyncrasy

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    with their new home. History and culture then become a source of connection within the diaspora. I will show how vital this connection is and how it becomes really important when away from the homeland to many of the characters. Junot Diaz and Zadie Smith, both use texts, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and White Teeth respectively, that are injected with history. I will show how history is like a shadow that is always with someone despite moments when people attempt to erase or ignore

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    Zadie Smith's White Teeth Zadie Smith’s novel, White Teeth, is chock full of potential deconstruction ideas; however, an exciting scene to deconstruct is in “The Final Space” chapter when the Iqbals and the Jones are on the public bus heading towards the FutureMouse exhibit. The most obvious binary opposite is that of parent or adult and child. Adults are without doubt the privileged binary. They signify knowledge, wisdom, teaching, and training of young ones along with patience and selflessness

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    aspects that build up a person’s character and personality. These are the aspects that lead us to make decisions, to reason, and most importantly to make judgements. Zadie Smith’s writing involves various cultures and generations and these different perspectives resonate with human thoughts and feelings. In her short story, “Stuart”, Zadie Smith uses comparisons and various other literary techniques to portray the significance of creating judgements from only one’s perceptions; as well as, the importance

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    White Teeth Short Story

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    In her novel, White Teeth, Zadie Smith tells the story of two wartime friends, Samad Iqbal and Archie Jones, and their families in London. The story focuses on the latter half of their lives, while continuing to look back on their history as friends and comrades in arms. Alfred “Archie” Jones is an ordinary and uncertain man, preferring to make his most important decisions with the flip of a coin. The story begins with his ex-wife, Ophelia Diagilo, walking out on him apparently driven insane by his

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    One’s Past is Like a Shadow

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    Zadie Smith’s White Teeth epigraph “What is past is prologue,” means that what has occurred in the past has led up to what is happening in the future or present. Smith illustrates the struggles three families go through for identity, legacy, striving for a good future while holding onto the traditions of the past, and maintaining ones religion or beliefs. Through the text, the thematic significance of the past occurs often with the recurring flashbacks which sometimes goes as far back to 1857;

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    The Assumption on the Topic of White Teeth's Audience Zadie Smith’s world wasn’t a made up fairyland with an elven language, ethereal metaphors or green setting, no, within her novel, White Teeth, it was a clear reflection of what type of society that she lived in. A society where everything seen can be an interpretation of what society wanted out of you, a false representation that was found in the comfortable ideals of Euro-Centric beauty which were hard to attain yet were so sought out no matter

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    Instability in Oneself

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    In White Teeth, Zadie Smith destabilizes the concept of identity. Dispersed in a time-jumping, perspective-layered narrative, Smith’s characters search for a sense of continuity in their lives, but as the discontinuous story in which they are enmeshed suggests, this desire for a steady sense of self meets with continual frustrations. In addition to being aggravated by the strains of living in a multicultural, postcolonial present, the characters in White Teeth are constantly reckoning with their

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    Finding Your Beach In her narrative essay, “FYB”, Zadie Smith expresses her belief that if one redirects their mindset to a more limited perspective and uses the limitless Manhattan mentality at certain times, one can arrive at their beach. A beach is a mentality, and Smith finds her beach by coming to peace with Manhattan’s beach. The idea of a person’s “beach” being hard to discover may be observed through Smith’s personal background, as it is almost mythical for this English writer living in

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    Joy Zadie Smith Analysis

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    how most people perceive and process different feelings, emotions, and moods. Author, Zadie Smith, respectively, analyzes and differentiates between pleasure and joy and distinctively separates the two with regards to their quality and quantity. As she explains, pleasure most closely refers to a temporary state of satisfaction and contentment, it can be easily forgotten, and is often times preferred

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    Take the consummate ideals of beauty and clash it against the paradoxes of the human condition and you get Zadie Smith’s fresh and original “On Beauty”. “On Beauty” follows Smith’s critically acclaimed “White Teeth” novel in her writing style that is smart, observant and humorously ingrained with current politics. The novel centers around the rivalry between the liberal sharp-tongued Belsey family and the conservative close-knit Kipps family. Both patriarchs, Howard Belsey and Monty Kipps, are erudite

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    Zadie Smith utilizes her writing to dismantle society’s simplistic views on life that she has internalized. Through anecdotes and contemplation of her daily life, Smith measures her understanding of the world against society’s conventional beliefs. She notes that society has a tendency to disregard the complexities of life and merely view life itself as a spectrum for the sake of clarity. Whether inspecting the difficult concepts of joy, the apathetic writer, or the hazy battle of Good vs Evil, Smith

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    Men and women have so much different relationships back in middle 20th century. Being affected by those unwritten laws, woman writers put so many things to enlighten what they’ve been through in those times. Zadie Smith and Marilyn French, both being well-known writers, intended to tell so many things about that situation. In French’s ‘The Women’s Room’, the unhappy relationships between men and women are depicted. There is an inevitable ‘gender dynamics’ term in America and Mira is suffering from

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    after it has happened? The essays “Some Notes on Attunement” by Zadie Smith and “Highway of Lost Girls” by Vanessa Veselka are personal essays that at first glance seem disconnected from each other as they touch on completely different subjects. However, it is evident that both have a common theme: realization. Zadie Smith comes to appreciate an artist named Joni Mitchell a decade after she first refers to her singing as “just noise” (Smith, 2012, p. 189). Vanessa Veselka hunts for more answers as she

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    or trilingual and sometimes even more. Communicating with more than a single voice will represent who one is and where they came from. Within two articles “Speaking in Tongues” written by Zadie Smith and “How to tame a Wild Tongue” by Gloria Anzalduas’s both demonstrate the different languages they encounter. Smith looses her chance in speaking from her voice being forced upon to change without resistance while Anzalduas’s aggressively puts up a battle to be able to keep her voice. The acceptance of

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    Midwestern Contemporary Art Case Study

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    funds from Smith with proposals and ideas for a manageable negotiation. Original goals in negotiation The Midwestern contemporary art case study revolves around the current MCA board chair Peggy Fischer, and former board chair Peter Smith. Smith had been elected to the board after individuals recognized him and his wife for the immense art collecting accomplishments put forth on the couples behalf. Initially Smith was indebted to pay $10,000 to even be elected onto the board chair. Smith indeed

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    To what extent would a parent go to keep their child protected, safe, and happy? The movie “The Pursuit of Happiness,” a biographical drama based on a true story, portrays the hardships that an African American man (played by Will Smith) and his son face together. This movie reveals the striking reality of poverty and emphasizes that most Americans are not living the ‘American Dream.’ Hollywood generally portrays an unrealistic image of the average American and leads people to believe that everyone

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