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# Textaufgabe 2

Aufgaben

## Part 3: Literature

$\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
Phyllis Dorothy James, The Lighthouse, London: Faber & Faber, 2005.
$\blacktriangleright\;$ Aufgabenstellung:
Your British partner school is holding a crcative writing competition that deals with the Situation of second-generation immigrants. Participants are required to focus on the perspective of a second-generation immigrant. You use the excerpt from the novel The Lighthouse by P.D. James as a starting point for writing a blog entry from the point of view of the protagonist Francis.
1.
To prepare your blog entry, you
• describe how Francis at present perceives his private and professional situation
• compare the relationship between Francis and his parents with that of Ali and his father in "My Son the Fanatic."
• #comparison#description
2.
Step into Francis' shoes. Imagine Francis has recently started a blog.
Write a blog entry in which Francis
• reflects on his feelings about "home"
• refers to various ways of dealing with his life situation
• pictures what place in society he is hoping for in the future.
• #blogentry#writing#reflection

## Excerpt from P.D. James, The Lighthouse (2005)

Francis Benton-Smith works as a sergeant for New Scotland Yard in London. He is an aspiring young professional, who has recently left his Indian mother and English father to live alone in a very modern, impersonal block of flats. As he looks at the panoramic London view from his balcony, he wonders if he can create a real home for himself.
1
[…] this carefully chosen anonymity. even the landscape. was what he wanted. He had put down no roots, having no native soil.
He had moved into the flat six months after joining the police and it could not be more different than his parents' home in the leafy street in South Kensington: the white steps
5
up to the pillared front door, the gleaming paint and immaculate stucco. […] Even to walk through the main door of the house was to know whal it represented: money, privilege. the cultural assurance of the prosperous liberal upper midclle-class. Bur he knew thal his present apparent independence was spurious; the flat and its contents had been paid for by his parents - on his salary he couldn't otherwise have afforded to move. And he had
10
made himself comfortable. He told himself wryly that only a visitor knowledgeable about modern furniture would have guessed how much the deceptively simple pieces had cost.
Bul there had been no visitors among his colleagues. As a new recruit he had trodden carefully at first, knowing that he was on a probation more rigorous and protracted than any provisional assessment from senior officers. He had hoped, if not for friendship, for
15
tolerance, respect and acceptance, and to an extent he had earned them. But he was aware that he was still regarded with wary circumspection. He feit himself to be surrounded by a variety of organisations, including thc criminal law, dedicated to protecting his racial sensitivities, as if he could be as easily offended as a Victorian virgin confronted by a flasher. He wished that these racial warriors would leave him alone. Did
20
they want to stigmatise minorities as over-sensitive, insecure and paranoid? But he accepted that the problem was partly of his making, a reserve that was deeper and less forgivable than shyness and which inhibited intimacy. They didn't know who he was: he didn't know who he was. It wasn't, he thought, only the resut of being mixed-race. The
25
London world he knew and worked in was peopled with men and women of mixed racial, religious and national backgrounds. They seemed to manage.
His mother was Indian. his father English, she a paediatrician, he the headmaster of a London comprehensive school. They had fallen in love and married when she was seventeen, his father twelve years older. They had been passionately in love and they still
30
were. […] She had brought money as weil as beauty 10 the marriage. From childhood he had feit an intruder in that private self-sufficient world. They were both over-busy and he hacl learned early that their time together was precious. He knew that he was loved, that his welfare was their concern, but coming quietly and unexpectedly into a room where they were alone, he would see the cloud of disappointment on their faces quickly change
35
into smiles of welcome - but not quickly enough. Their difference in religious belief seemed never to worry them. His father was an atheist, his mother a Roman Catholic and Francis had been brought up and schooled in that faith. But when in adolescence he gradually let it go as he might relinquish a part of his childhood, neither appeared to notice, or if they did, felt that they were justified in questioning him.
40
They had taken him with them on their annual visits to Delhi, and there too he had felt an alien.It was as if his legs, painfully stretched across a spinning globe, could find no secure footing in either continent. His father loved to revisit India, was at home thre, was greeted with loud exclamations of delight, laughed, teased and was teased, wore Indian clothes, performed the salaam with more ease than he shook hands at home, left after tearful
45
goodbyes. As a child and adolescent, Francis was made a great fuss of, exclaimed over, praised for his beauty, his intellegence, but he would stand there ill at ease, politely exchanging compliments, knowing that he didn't belong.
He had hoped that selection to Adam Dalgliesh's Special Investigation Squad would help to make him more at home in his job, perhaps even in his disjointed world. Perhaps to
50
some extent it had.

Annotations:
4 South Kensington: posh part of London
5 immaculate: in perfect condition
8 spurious: fake, artifical
10 wryly: with both amusement and disappointment
16 wary circumspection: careful observation
18 Victorian: from Queen Victoria' reign (1837-1901), well known for its strict prudery
19 racial warriors: here: people fighting for racial equality
27 paediatrician: a doctor with a special training in medical childcare
44 salaam: a ceremonial greeting of salutation
48 Adam Dalgliesh: a Detective Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard, main character of the novel

From: Phyllis Dorothy James, The Lighthouse, London: Faber & Faber, 2005.
#novel
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## Part 3: Literature

$\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
Phyllis Dorothy James, The Lighthouse, London: Faber & Faber, 2005.
$\blacktriangleright\;$ Aufgabenstellung:
Your British partner school is holding a crcative writing competition that deals with the Situation of second-generation immigrants. Participants are required to focus on the perspective of a second-generation immigrant. You use the excerpt from the novel The Lighthouse by P.D. James as a starting point for writing a blog entry from the point of view of the protagonist Francis.
1.
To prepare your blog entry, you
• describe how Francis at present perceives his private and professional situation
• compare the relationship between Francis and his parents with that of Ali and his father in "My Son the Fanatic."
• Im ersten Teil der Aufgabe geht es darum, dass du die Situation des Protagonisten detailliert beschreibst. Gehe dabei sowohl auf sein Privatleben als auch auf das Arbeitsumfeld ein.
Beschreibe mit deinen eigenen Worten. Du kannst aber natürlich auch mit direkten und indirekten Zitaten arbeiten.

Im zweiten Teil der Aufgabe geht es um einen Vergleich. Nutze deine Erkenntnisse aus Aufgabenteil 1 und vergleiche diese mit der Situation, in der sich Alis aus der Kurzgeschichte „My Son the Fanatic“. Wie gestaltet sich die Beziehung zu den Eltern in beiden Fällen? Ist die Frage, die du primär beantworten solltest. Einen direkten Vergleich der beiden Protaginsten sollte nicht im Mittelpunkt dieses Aufgabenteils stehen.
2.
Step into Francis' shoes. Imagine Francis has recently started a blog.
Write a blog entry in which Francis
• reflects on his feelings about "home"
• refers to various ways of dealing with his life situation
• pictures what place in society he is hoping for in the future.
• Bei dieser Aufgabe musst du dich in Francis hineinversetzen. Überlege dir, was er über Heimat denkt und mögliche Lösungsansätze für dieses Problem in seinem Leben. Schreibe außerdem darüber, was seine Hoffnungen für die Zukunft sind.
Da es sich um einen Blogeintrag handelt, ist es sinnvoll, eine Überschrift zu wählen. Auch musst du dich hierbei nicht an formale Richtlinien halten, sondern kannst informell schreiben.
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## Part 3: Literature

$\blacktriangleright\;$ Thema:
Phyllis Dorothy James, The Lighthouse, London: Faber & Faber, 2005.
$\blacktriangleright\;$ Aufgabenstellung:
Your British partner school is holding a crcative writing competition that deals with the Situation of second-generation immigrants. Participants are required to focus on the perspective of a second-generation immigrant. You use the excerpt from the novel The Lighthouse by P.D. James as a starting point for writing a blog entry from the point of view of the protagonist Francis.
1.
To prepare your blog entry, you
• describe how Francis at present perceives his private and professional situation
• compare the relationship between Francis and his parents with that of Ali and his father in "My Son the Fanatic."
• Tipp
Im ersten Teil der Aufgabe geht es darum, dass du die Situation des Protagonisten detailliert beschreibst. Gehe dabei sowohl auf sein Privatleben als auch auf das Arbeitsumfeld ein.
Beschreibe mit deinen eigenen Worten. Du kannst aber natürlich auch mit direkten und indirekten Zitaten arbeiten.

Im zweiten Teil der Aufgabe geht es um einen Vergleich. Nutze deine Erkenntnisse aus Aufgabenteil 1 und vergleiche diese mit der Situation, in der sich Alis aus der Kurzgeschichte „My Son the Fanatic“. Wie gestaltet sich die Beziehung zu den Eltern in beiden Fällen? Ist die Frage, die du primär beantworten solltest. Einen direkten Vergleich der beiden Protaginsten sollte nicht im Mittelpunkt dieses Aufgabenteils stehen.
Tipp
Im ersten Teil der Aufgabe geht es darum, dass du die Situation des Protagonisten detailliert beschreibst. Gehe dabei sowohl auf sein Privatleben als auch auf das Arbeitsumfeld ein.
Beschreibe mit deinen eigenen Worten. Du kannst aber natürlich auch mit direkten und indirekten Zitaten arbeiten.

Im zweiten Teil der Aufgabe geht es um einen Vergleich. Nutze deine Erkenntnisse aus Aufgabenteil 1 und vergleiche diese mit der Situation, in der sich Alis aus der Kurzgeschichte „My Son the Fanatic“. Wie gestaltet sich die Beziehung zu den Eltern in beiden Fällen? Ist die Frage, die du primär beantworten solltest. Einen direkten Vergleich der beiden Protaginsten sollte nicht im Mittelpunkt dieses Aufgabenteils stehen.
Francis Benton-Smith has made it. He is the protagnist of P.D. James' novel The Lighthouse. Francis is working as a sergeant for New Scotland Yard in London. He is professional and might have a big career ahead of him. On top of that, he just recently moved into a modern flat which has a panoramic view over London. Despite all that, there seems to be some concerns.
Einleitung
The excerpt of the novel focuses on these concerns that seem to be on Francis' mind. His flat is great and leaves nothing to be desired of, yet there is something missing. In a way, the flat also serves as a metaphor for Francis himself. Francis does not feel home in his new flat, at the same time it seems as if it is not only the flat but also Francis himself who is searching for an identity. "There had been no visitors among his colleagues" (Text, line 13) implies that Francis is feeling lonely. Yet it's not only colleagues but also his parents who seem to neglect him on a emotional level. Although they made it possible that he got the flat, Francis is aware of the fact that something is wrong. According to him, this roots from the fact that he made the decision to turn away from the Roman Catholic faith he was raised in and that is such an important factor of his parent's life. It might be that the parents have moved on from their only son from a emotional point of view. He is of the opinion that his mixed ethical background might make it tough to establish himself in an new environment.
He had hoped to get a feeling of rootedness through his new working place, but this has not been the case so far. There seems to be a certain desperation when it comes to Francis and his personal state of mind.
Hauptteil
Entwurzelt und fremd
The relationship between partents and children in second-generation immigrant families always has a certain conflict potential. This is true for Francis in P.D. James' novel The Lighthouse as well as for Ali in Hanif Kureishi's short story "My Son the Fanatic".
Überleitung
Ali is a prime example for this. He rejects the Western values as well as the way his father views things. He loathes the society in which he was brought up. As a consequence, he turns to fundamentalist Muslim ideas. Due to this newly acquired mindset, he criticizes his father for drinking alcohol and eating pork - things that a muslim should not do. Ali and his father used to have a good relationship and the reader gets the feeling that Parvez deeply cares about his son's well-being. He did not bother going the extra mile to provide for his son's education and financial situation. Ali, however, is unable to see these efforts, since he is brainwashed by fundamentalist ideas.
Religion seems to be the bone of contention as well when it comes to Francis and his parents. Francis turned his back on the Catholic Church, whereas Ali condemns the lack of faith with his father. Both, Ali and Francis, are only children and their parents used to cared very much. The situation, however, has become complex and they can't meet on a level playing field.
Francis even feels like an "intruder" (Text, line 32) within his own family. The conflict between Francis and his parents seems to take place mainly on a nonverbal level, whereas Ali confronts his father head on.
Vergleich
Both texts deal with the problematic relationship between parents and children in second-generation immigrant families. Two worlds seem to collide and the casualty of this clash seems to be the relationship to each other. Ali condemns the way his father carries himself, while Francis' parents are disappointed about the path that their son has chosen. In both cases a lack of emotional warmth seems to be the consequence.
Schluss
2.
Step into Francis' shoes. Imagine Francis has recently started a blog.
Write a blog entry in which Francis
• reflects on his feelings about "home"
• refers to various ways of dealing with his life situation
• pictures what place in society he is hoping for in the future.
• Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabe musst du dich in Francis hineinversetzen. Überlege dir, was er über Heimat denkt und mögliche Lösungsansätze für dieses Problem in seinem Leben. Schreibe außerdem darüber, was seine Hoffnungen für die Zukunft sind.
Da es sich um einen Blogeintrag handelt, ist es sinnvoll, eine Überschrift zu wählen. Auch musst du dich hierbei nicht an formale Richtlinien halten, sondern kannst informell schreiben.
Tipp
Bei dieser Aufgabe musst du dich in Francis hineinversetzen. Überlege dir, was er über Heimat denkt und mögliche Lösungsansätze für dieses Problem in seinem Leben. Schreibe außerdem darüber, was seine Hoffnungen für die Zukunft sind.
Da es sich um einen Blogeintrag handelt, ist es sinnvoll, eine Überschrift zu wählen. Auch musst du dich hierbei nicht an formale Richtlinien halten, sondern kannst informell schreiben.

## Home is such a lonely place

Überschrift
Do you know what it means to be at home? Or even better do you know what it feels like to be at home? Yes? Well, consider yourself lucky, because that is something not everyone knows. Esepcially at this time of the year, at the beginning of December, the word home seems to get thrown around a lot. Leaflets seem to be full of happy families around a Christmastree.
This is, however, not the reality for everyone. I will spent Christmas on my own. My parents thought it would be a good idea if I won't come this year, since I'm not "into religion anymore," as they put it.
I cannot just ask my colleagues if they would spent Christmas with me, how pathetic would that be? The only solution is to spend Christmas at my own place.
I deliberately say place and not home, because it does not feel like home. Yeah, it is a really nice flat which leaves nothing to be desired, yet the most important thing is missing: the feeling of home.
Hauptteil
Heimat
I don't have real friends. I don't go out and meet with other people. I stay at my place after work. That is why I decided to start this blog in order to reach other people who might find themselves in similar situations. I also started to make friends via chatrooms. At first, it seemed odd but know it feels great. There are a lot of people on the internet who just need someone who listens to their problems. At the same time, those chatroom's enable me to talk about my very own problems and other user's have helped me by giving me good advice.
Alternativen
Is professional help like a psychotherapist the solution? Right now that does not to be the right decision, but I have thought about it. How much longer do I only want to exist in this online bubble and be a ghost on the streets? I don't know the answer to this question. At the moment, the chat rooms feel like a shelter. Thank God that during the day I have so much work to do that I forget about these difficult situations. There's even some progress at work: my new boss seems to like me and invited my for a dinner party at his place. I'm really excited about that development. Maybe I will have to meet new and interesting people there.
Hilfe
Yet Christmas is looming and I will be on my own. Maybe we could set something up with some other loners. Right to me in the comment section if you would be up for that. I'm looking forward for our own little Christmas dinner of outcasts. Then home will not feel like such a lonely place.
Schluss
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