Characterisation of Laylor

Laylor is the second important character in the story “Loose Change” by Andrea Levy. She is only presented from the narrator’s subjective perspective. Her characterisation is conveyed through the narrator’s observations, the girl’s actions, or through what she says about herself.

Outer characterisation

Laylor’s outer characterisation is more complex than that of the narrator. Firstly, the narrator conveys a detailed description of her physical traits:

She had the most spectacular eyebrows. I could see the lines of black hair, like magnetised iron filings, tumbling across her eyes and almost joining above her nose. (...) She had wide black eyes and a round face with such a solid jaw line that she looked to have taken a gentle whack from Tom and Jerry's cartoon frying pan. 

A few other aspects of her appearance are mentioned, which indicate that she has been living on the streets: “…dirt under each of her chipped fingernails, the collar of her blouse crumpled and unironed, a tiny cut on her cheek, a fringe that looked to have been cut with blunt nail-clippers.”; “She’d lost a tooth. I noticed the ugly gap when she smiled…” 

Laylor is about eighteen years old  and speaks poor English with an accent because she comes fro...

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