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Students: Merle, Marie and ZoeAdvisor: Ms VP

Born a crime

Chapter 1, 2 and 3

03. Comment Ch. 1


07. Summary Ch. 3

09. Comment Ch. 3

08. Analysis Ch. 3

06. Comment Ch. 2

05. Analysis Ch. 2

04. Summary Ch. 2

02. Analysis Ch. 1

01. Summary Ch. 1

political injustice and conflicts

Side Story

Trevor and his mom want to get to church but jump out of a car

  • Apartheid
  • churches
  • Trevor and his mom
  • riots and corruption in South Africa
  • Trevor and his mother jump out of a car


Frame Story


"We had a very Tom and Jerry like relationship"


"I eventually decided black people needed more time with Jesus because we suffered more"

"Christian Karaoke" - church"We smoked them" - running from the men


"(...) and I kicked everyones ass"

style of writing:

"(...) But thats beside the point. So lets give this Jesus thing a shot."



Personal Opinion and Comment

seggregation and hirachie of colored people in south Africa

Side Story

upbringing and family backround

  • birth and upbringing
  • prohibition of interracial sex
  • Patricias story
  • Trevor's father
  • dynamic between different races

Born a crime.

Frame Story


“ he was quiet and reserved she was wild and free”

Patricia and his father

"She was always out at some club, some party, dancing, meeting people"

  • admirable
  • outgoing
  • fearless
  • independent
  • highly intelligent

adjectives used

Born a crime.

Characterisation of His Mother

Personal Opinion and Comment

genderroles and influences in his life

Side Story

Trevor upsets his whole neighborhood by making them think theres a demon in his house

  • female genderrole
  • no father
  • abusive men in his life
  • prayers and worship
  • poops into kitchen
  • excorcising the demon

Trevor, Pray .

Frame Story


  • author narrates
  • main character is more relatable
  • experiences seem more personal
  • chronological line of events
  • f.e starts with birth
  • inserted flashbacks

first person narrator

  • point of high interest
  • builds tension
  • no monotonie


chronological storytelling

Trevor, Pray.

Narrative Devices

Personal Opinion and comment




Comment on quotes from the book
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And do you think, their influence on black communities and families is good or bad?


How do western religions and missionary programs effect South Africa?


Thank you for your attention

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