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Discuss the setting of White Teeth.

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The setting of this novel is very important, as Smith uses it to develop her theme of multiculturalism as she explores how Britain, and in particular London, has changed as a result of immigration. The reader is presented with a bewildering hybrid mix of different cultures, religions and traditions all competing with each other for dominance. Note how this is presented through the setting of Willesden, where the Iqbal's move to. In this quote Alsana compares her new home to her previous home in Whitechapel:

Not like Whitechapel, where that madman E-knock someoneoranother gave a speech that...

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