The analysis of the short story “A Pair of Jeans” by Qaisra Shahraz shows that it follows a linear plot structure. The story is unusual as it has two endings, both offering potentially different outcomes.
The main character in the story is Miriam. She is a British woman of Pakistani origins who struggles with her two cultural identities. The other characters, especially Miriam’s parents and her potential in-laws illustrate the conflict between different cultural mentalities.
The physical setting is a town in the North-West of England. The social setting explores cultural differences and the generation gap. The social setting also briefly touches on traditional gender roles.
The story is told by a third-person narrator. There are a lot of shifts in perspective throughout the story, allowing the readers insight into the minds of several characters.
The language is formal. The vocabulary is fairly advanced. There are a lot of rhetorical questions in the text.
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