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Bend it like Beckham
The novel “Bend it like Beckham” is written by Narinder Dhami in 2002. The novel is about a girl
named Jess Bhamra who lives in London with her traditional Punjabi Sikh Indian family. Jess
dreams to become a professional football player, but her mother does not allow her because she's a
girl. One day while playing with her friend Toni, a girl named Jules spot her and invite her to join
the girls’ soccer team. After joining the team, Jess hides the fact that she joined because she knows
that playing football goes against her family’s traditions. After a brief period, she gets a final where
she gets a full scholarship to play football at Santa Clara University. Things get worse because her
family discovers that she has been playing and prevents her from going back to the team. In the end,
she could convince her father at her sister’s wedding to allow her to go and play. The teams
eventually win with a free-kick from Jess.
Characterization
In the novel, we meet several characters, but the most important character is Jess.
Jess or Jasminder is the main character in the novel. She is a young girl of about 17-19 years. She is
originally from Indian but was born and raised in London. She lives with her mother father and big
sister Pinky. Jess loves to play football, and dreams to become one of the best players in the world
"Jess Bhamra makes a name for herself at Old Trafford! Have we discovered a new star here,
Gary?" (p.1-l.18-20), but the pressure she gets from her family in playing makes her sad "I wasn't
allowed out of the house, and I couldn't get to the training sessions. I was gutted, and Pinky was as
miserable as I was" (p.72-l.16-19). Jess falls in love with her trainer Joe, where finally he also falls
in love with her "I couldn't take my eyes off him. Suddenly it was as if there was no-one else in the
airport except us two. I leaned towards him, and then we were kissing" (p.173-l.18-20).
Setting
The novel begins in the media res as we are coming directly into action. The novel is
chronologically structured and takes place in London in 2002. The story's action takes place in two
places Bhamra House as an Indian family and Paxton House as a British family, here we follow two
different worlds, culture, and traditions. The only thing in common between the two families is that
both mothers do not want their girls to play football.
Relationships:
Jess and Jules: They are good friends and play on the same team. Both will be professional players,
but their mothers are against them, while the father supports them. They fall in love with the same
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person, and the love ends up with neither of them staying with him because of both travels to
America.
Jess and Pinky: Their relationship is good as Pinky always helps her and covers her even though
Jess was about to ruin her marriage.
Jess and her family: Jess`s mother does not support her because she wants Jess to become a girl like
all other girls and because girls from Indian do not play football. Jess`s mother thinks about what
people say about her girl and her family but does not think about what Jess wants in her life.
Jess´s father is not against her in-play football, he is afraid for her and the disappointment that she
will get if they do not accept her because he is an Indian.
Climax
The excitement was at the wedding, where Jess had to choose to stay at the wedding and ruin her
future or to leave and make her dream come true. Where at the end she left with her father’s
permission "'If this is the only way I'm going to see you smiling on your sister's wedding day, then
go" (p.152-l.7-8)
Discussion
The impact of colonialism is seen, as we see the Indian family preserving traditions and religion
despite their living in Britain. The effect that we see in the novel is that the children do not live up
to their parents' expectations, because they grew up in a place that differs from where their parents
grew up.
If I must adapt family with the three models, then it will look like this:
Jess: she is both assimilated and integrated because she lives her life as British and not Indian in
terms of playing football and falling in love with a British man.
Pinky: she is also both assimilated and integrated because has sex, even it is against the traditions
she grew up with because sex must be after marriage.
Father and mother: They are more segregated because they grew up in India and that is why they
can't adapt to western life. They are segregated by religion, as their daughters should marry
someone of the same religion and their son should be banned from playing football because girls in
India do not play football.

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Bend it like Beckham The novel “Bend it like Beckham” is written by Narinder Dhami in 2002. The novel is about a girl named Jess Bhamra who lives in London with her traditional Punjabi Sikh Indian family. Jess dreams to become a professional football player, but her mother does not allow her because she's a girl. One day while playing with her friend Toni, a girl named Jules spot her and invite her to join the girls’ soccer team. After joining the team, Jess hides the fact that she joined because she knows that playing football goes against her family’s traditions. After a brief period, she gets a final where she gets a full scholarship to play football at Santa Clara University. Things get worse because her family discovers that she has been playing and prevents her from going back to the team. In the end, she could convince her father at her sister’s wedding to allow her to go and play. The teams eventually win with a free-kick from Jess. Characterization In the novel, we meet several characters, but the most important character is Jess. Jess or Jasminder is the main character in the novel. She is a young girl of about 17-19 years. She is originally from Indian but was born and raised in London. She lives with her mother father and big sister Pinky. Jess loves to play football, and dreams to become one of the best players in the world "Jess Bhamra makes a name for herself at Old Trafford! Have we discovered a new star here, Gary?" (p.1-l.18-20), but the pressure she gets from her family in playing makes her sad "I wasn't allowed out of the house, and I couldn't get to the training sessions. I was gutted, and Pinky was as miserable as I was" (p.72-l.16-19). Jess falls in love with her trainer Joe, where finally he also falls in love with her "I couldn't take my eyes off him. Suddenly it was as if there was no-one else in the airport except us two. I leaned towards him, and then we were kissing" (p.173-l.18-20). Setting The novel begins in the media res as we are coming directly into action. The novel is chronologically structured and takes place in London in 2002. The story's action takes place in two places Bhamra House as an Indian family and Paxton House as a British family, here we follow two different worlds, culture, and traditions. The only thing in common between the two families is that both mothers do not want their girls to play football. Relationships: Jess and Jules: They are good friends and play on the same team. Both will be professional players, but their mothers are against them, while the father supports them. They fall in love with the same person, and the love ends up with neither of them staying with him because of both travels to America. Jess and Pinky: Their relationship is good as Pinky always helps her and covers her even though Jess was about to ruin her marriage. Jess and her family: Jess`s mother does not support her because she wants Jess to become a girl like all other girls and because girls from Indian do not play football. Jess`s mother thinks about what people say about her girl and her family but does not think about what Jess wants in her life. Jess´s father is not against her in-play football, he is afraid for her and the disappointment that she will get if they do not accept her because he is an Indian. Climax The excitement was at the wedding, where Jess had to choose to stay at the wedding and ruin her future or to leave and make her dream come true. Where at the end she left with her father’s permission "'If this is the only way I'm going to see you smiling on your sister's wedding day, then go" (p.152-l.7-8) Discussion The impact of colonialism is seen, as we see the Indian family preserving traditions and religion despite their living in Britain. The effect that we see in the novel is that the children do not live up to their parents' expectations, because they grew up in a place that differs from where their parents grew up. If I must adapt family with the three models, then it will look like this: Jess: she is both assimilated and integrated because she lives her life as British and not Indian in terms of playing football and falling in love with a British man. Pinky: she is also both assimilated and integrated because has sex, even it is against the traditions she grew up with because sex must be after marriage. Father and mother: They are more segregated because they grew up in India and that is why they can't adapt to western life. They are segregated by religion, as their daughters should marry someone of the same religion and their son should be banned from playing football because girls in India do not play football. Name: Description: ...
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