Theme and message

The main theme of the short story “Loose Change” by Andrea Levy is immigration. This theme is also explored through the motif of the gap between the rich and the poor. The author’s intention is to convey a critical perspective on British attitudes towards immigrants.


The short story explores the theme of immigration by illustrating the condition of immigrants (Laylor and her brother, the narrator’s grandmother) in the UK, but also British attitudes towards foreigners and strangers (through the character of the narrator).


 Strangers like the narrator do not help them, they have no acquaintances and no money, and they have to sleep on streets because they are homeless. Their example shows that some immigrants who are eligible to become asylum seekers might still end up on the streets because they have no knowledge about the system and no contacts who could help them.

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