2 Dad parked our Granada, a champagne-gold Suggests wealthSuggests he is uneasyDad parked our Granada, a champagne-goldby our superstore on Blackstock Road,my brother’s eyes scanning the menwho scraped the pavement frost to the dole,one ‘got on his bike’ over the hillor the few who warmed us a thumbs-upfor the polished recovery of our re-sprayed car.Unemployed – suggests povertySuggests friendlinessImplies that not many people are friendly to themTheir car has been vandalised
3 Council mums at our meat display Suggests povertyCheap cuts imply povertyCouncil mums at our meat displaynestled against a pane with white traysswilling kidneys, liver and a sandy blockof corned beef, loud enough about the waydarkies from down south Come op taYorksha, mekkin claaims on aut theh canbefoh buggrin off in theh flash caahs!Suggests jealousyRacist termYorkshire dialect reinforces the cultural difference between ‘them’ and ‘us’
4 At nine, we left the emptied till open, Caesura draws attention to “Bolted” showing how they feel unsafeLong day – they work hardAt nine, we left the emptied till open,clicked the dials of the safe. Boltedtwo metal bars across the back door(with a new lock). Spread trolleysat ends of the darkened aisles. Then we pressedthe code for the caged alarm and rushedthe precinct to check it was throbbing red.Implies the last one was destroyedCreates sinister toneShows their fear
5 Thundering down the graffiti of shutters Illustrates the lack of respect from the communityReinforces that they don’t feel safeThundering down the graffiti of shuttersagainst the valley of high-rise flats.Ready for the getaway to our cul-de-sac’dsemi-detached, until we stood stock-still:watching the car-skin pucker, bubbling smartsof acid. In the unstoppable pub-roarfrom the John O’Gaunt across the forecourtAlmost personifies the car making the crime more alarmingThe colon creates a pause – while they look on in shock
6 We returned up to the shop, lifted a shutter, queued at the sink, walked down again.Three of us, each carrying pans of cold water.Then we swept away the bonnet-leavesfrom gold to the brown of our former colour.Literally = the colour of the carMetaphorically = they will always be judged for the colour of their skin
7 Parade’s End What could the title mean? The shop is at the end of a parade of shopsThe family may feel that they are coming to the “end of their tether”The family are at the “end” of the community (on the outskirts / not accepted)What other words in the poem suggest this?“cul-de-sac’d / semi-detached”
8 How can you connect this poem to “Half-Caste”? SimilaritiesBoth suggest that people can be judged because of their skin colour.Both poets create contrasts in their poemsBoth poems show a form of conflictBoth poems protest about something being unfairDifferencesThe speaker in “Half-caste” is angry but the speaker in “Parade’s End” is afraid and dismayed.In “Half-Caste”, the poet speaks directly to the reader but “Parade’s End” gives one person’s viewpoint of his day.