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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

The Paradise Carpet

Today's story is The Paradise Carpet, by Jamila Gavin and read by Mrs Bhatt.

The Paradise Carpet, by Jamila Gavin

This is a story set in India about a boy trapped into slave labour. It is read by Mrs Bhatt.

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From the Blurb

The Paradise Carpet depicts the story of a group of child slaves attempting to weave a lavish carpet for a wealthy gentleman. Gavin portrays the theme of enslavement through Ishwar and the other boys, using techniques such as metaphorical language, imagery and repetition. Gavin portrays the theme of enslavement, firstly, through the use of similes and animalistic imagery; this is evident when the boys were ‘crouching like caged animals’.