Chameleon Ranbir Sahota Essay

The main theme of the story “Chameleon” by Ranbir Sahota is that of fitting in (enhanced by the motif of acceptance), accompanied by the theme of the generation gap. The first theme is illustrated by Rita, while the second one presents the entire gap between traditional older generations (be them English or Indian) and younger, more modern generations (Rita, Mark, Sunil, Sanjay and Meena).

Fitting in

The theme of fitting in is originally illustrated by Rita Patel, a young woman who cannot find her place in the world she lives in. On the one hand, she has an Indian descent and was raised by very conservative and traditional parents who imposed their values on her and her siblings. On the other hand, she was born in England, a country in which she has easily integrated. The fact that she has a white English boyfriend is a problem trigger,...

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The gap between generations

The generational gap is illustrated by the parents and the children in the story.

First of all, we have Rita and her parents. The Patels come from a traditional Indian world where duty is far more important than love. They cannot understand why their daughter does not act exactly like them,...

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