The Red Line

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The Red Line, Charles Higson 1993

Find and discuss the aspects of prejudice highlighted in the story.
There’re many aspects of prejudice in the story. The three characters Berto, Denise and the nameless man are drawing conclusions just like they know each other, which they don’t. Berto believes that when he tries to express himself on English, the other person will laugh or shook his head. He believes that old people are no help for him, because they’re all deaf, but drunken people are still the worst. He thinks women are more understanding and sympathetic than men. He thinks that the nameless man looks friendly and his face looks like a cherub, so he considers him as an option for help.
The nameless man hates drunken people, drug addicts and girls with dirty hair. He doesn’t hate them because of their personalities, because he obviously doesn’t know them. He just hates the way they look. When he sees Berto, who is dark-skinned, at the train, he claims he’s the type that ruins London – the type that goes to discos and clubs, a drug taker and a hooligan, and he believes Berto is listening to black music.
Denise immediately thinks that Berto is a rapist, when he eyes her up in the train. According to her every man could be a rapist. She considers getting a car instead of riding with the train, but then there are car thieves, crashes, men in vans swearing at you and those horrible hyenas in the TV ads. She smiles to the nameless man to see, if he was any help in case Berto would attack her.
The three persons haven’t said one word to each other, although they are carrying all of these thoughts and pictures just by having looked at each other shortly. I understand that people have prejudices in a big city like London. There are many different people, and not all of them are kind-hearted. Terrible things happen in the real world just like in the end of the story,…...

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