Anita and Me


Meera Syal

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on Anita and Me can help.

Uncle Alan Character Analysis

The youth leader of the local Methodist church and teacher of the Sunday school Meena goes to, Uncle Alan is considered handsome and charming by most women in Tollington. He is also devoted to taking part in good social causes, such as organizing charity donations for children in Africa and keeping Sam Lowbridge from uttering racist ideas, encouraging him to direct his energy toward more constructive pursuits. He shows solidarity with Meena and Mr. Kumar after Sam’s racist speeches, and unlike Mr. Ormerod, he argues that people in developing countries should be given the freedom to choose their religion and way of life, since living a dignified life fulfills God’s will. This makes him the most progressive and outspoken member of the Tollington community.

Uncle Alan Quotes in Anita and Me

The Anita and Me quotes below are all either spoken by Uncle Alan or refer to Uncle Alan. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Family Discipline and Guidance Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oberon Books edition of Anita and Me published in 1996.
Chapter 8 Quotes

‘. . . understand why, but just think if you could use all that energy to do some good. Find out who the real enemies are, the rich, the privileged, not the other people trying to make a living like you, not people like . . .’

Related Characters: Uncle Alan (speaker), Meena Kumar, Nanima, Sam Lowbridge
Related Symbols: The Big House
Page Number: 226
Explanation and Analysis:
Get the entire Anita and Me LitChart as a printable PDF.
Anita and Me PDF

Uncle Alan Character Timeline in Anita and Me

The timeline below shows where the character Uncle Alan appears in Anita and Me. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Culture and Belonging Theme Icon
...Meena knew that people were disappointed to see her knock on their door instead of Uncle Alan , a youth leader from the Methodist church whom everyone finds incredibly charming. However, that... (full context)
Chapter 7
Racism and Violence Theme Icon
At Fete, Meena hears Uncle Alan argue with Mr. Ormerod, telling him that he believe Africans should be free to follow... (full context)
Culture and Belonging Theme Icon
Racism and Violence Theme Icon
Meena recalls another time her father and she overheard Mr. Ormerod discussing Uncle Alan ’s ideas with another woman. Mr. Ormerod told the woman he believed it was the... (full context)
Family Discipline and Guidance Theme Icon
Culture and Belonging Theme Icon
Racism and Violence Theme Icon
...romantic moment she has ever witnessed. Her father, though, is listening to an argument between Uncle Alan and Reverend Ince, the church vicar. After the discussion ends in a tense manner, Alan... (full context)
Culture and Belonging Theme Icon
...most money of all the villages in the region and lets Reverend Ince speak, while Uncle Alan , by his side, has difficulty containing his anger. The reverend announces that, instead of... (full context)
Culture and Belonging Theme Icon
Racism and Violence Theme Icon yell, arguing that the reverend should try to stop the diggers for the motorway. Uncle Alan tries to intervene and use Sam’s energy for a good cause, arguing that everyone could... (full context)
Chapter 8
Culture and Belonging Theme Icon
Racism and Violence Theme Icon
On their way home, they run into Uncle Alan talking to Sam Lowbridge and his friends. Meena overhears Alan tell Sam that he should... (full context)