One of the pieces of advice we give to students taking Literature exams on novels is to learn a selection of significant or pivotal events / extracts which will likely prove useful in a number of contexts – i.e. useful when answering a number of potential questions.
For example, I reckon the events at the spring fete in chapter 7 are significant / pivotal for the following reasons:
- latent racism becomes manifest;
- Anita does not understand Meena (shows limits of their ‘bond’ / friendship);
- Sam’s ignorance – and his ignorance of Meena’s feelings – is made clear
- Tollington is not seen as united, where Mr Pembridge had, earlier in the chapter, called for the community to pull together to resist the motorway construction etc.
- Meena is unable to see Tollington in the same light
- Meena understands she will always need her papa.
Explain here WHY one event / extract of your choice is significant / pivotal; if it’s that significant, there should, like my example above, be a variety of reasons to explain.