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TEETH METAPHOR IN ZADIE SMITH’S WHITE TEETH

SHEETHAL SUSHAMA S

M. PHIL. SCHOLAR

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND LANGUAGES

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

AMRITA UNIVERSITY, KOCHI.

KAVYA PURUSHOTHAMAN

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

 DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND LANGUAGES

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

AMRITA UNIVERSITY, KOCHI

 

Abstract

Personal and social identities can be creatively cross-examined by using the material and cultural symbolism of tooth. This paper proposes that Zadie Smith successfully employs the metaphor of teeth to convey about a character’s heritage and roots. It examines the entangled effects that cultural history can have on one’s identity. Most significantly the teeth metaphor investigates the discursive movement between one’s inception or past collectedness and the succeeding runways that relate various points of one’s history and roots. Through this paper I will be investigating the friction history generates both as an encumbrance and as a necessity and asset for the characters. Smith constantly reminds us that no place can be devoid of history .History is very important in shaping identity. Using the teeth related metaphor like   ‘ root canals’ Smith plays on time. It exemplifies the fact that history is always musing on the present and the future.

Keywords: teeth, history, identity, culture, heritage.

journal of english

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