Love and Marriage in Monica Ali's "Brick Lane" In her novel, Brick Lane, Monica Ali examines a variety of ideas pertaining to one of its central themes, love and marriage. We follow Nazneen , the story’s heroine, a young bride married at age sixteen to a man more than twice her age, as she is snatched from the only life she has ever known in Bangladesh and placed in an unfamiliar world in London, England. Her new husband, Chanu , knows only two words of English – sorry and thank you – and not a soul in their new home; he is pompous and sympathetic and has many plans, none of which are ever executed. Nazneen , who has traditionally been the “good daughter” in her family, accepted the marriage to Chanu not out of love but out of...The end:
.....oduced children despite it having been arranged. Throughout the novel, Nazneen and Chanu go through their lives with a simultaneous togetherness and separateness that can only be present in a marriage that was arranged. Monica Ali explores the distinct elements of love and marriage and how one the latter can exist without the former. Ultimately, the author straightforwardly denies Hasina the power and emancipation that she grants to Nazneen . Her marriage to Chanu granted her a family, a life in multicultural London where she discovers her identity rather than lose it. Ironically, Hasina who had been empowered by her own power to choose her own husband for love ends up oppressed. Work Cited Ali, Monica. Brick Lane. New York: Scribner, 2003.