Pigeon English

by

Stephen Kelman

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Julius Character Analysis

Julius is the rich man who dates Auntie Sonia. He frequently totes a baseball bat, which he calls “the Persuader,” and physically abuses Auntie Sonia, who eventually flees the country to escape from him. At one point, Lydia reveals to Harri that Julius sells fake visas, which is why he’s so wealthy. Given that Mamma frequently gives Julius money, the implication is that Harri’s family’s visa is also fake.
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Julius Character Timeline in Pigeon English

The timeline below shows where the character Julius appears in Pigeon English. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
April
Home and the Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Language, Culture, and Norms Theme Icon
Pluralism vs. Prejudice Theme Icon
...to kiss Poppy. He also thinks the pound coin looks stupid. Mamma pays money to Julius, who doesn’t think Mamma can count properly even though she can. Harri thinks that Julius... (full context)
Home and the Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
...Lydia a Tinchy Stryder CD. Harri observes that Sonia always knows exactly what people want. Julius comes back, carrying his baseball bat, and has a drink. He offers Harri some, and... (full context)
June
Home and the Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
...reaching for a suitcase and it accidentally fell and hit her in the face. When Julius comes back from the bathroom, Auntie Sonia becomes quiet. Agnes has a fever, and Julius... (full context)
Home and the Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Pluralism vs. Prejudice Theme Icon
...were sent away. Lydia explains that Nish didn’t have a visa. Harri points out that Julius sells visas, but Lydia responds that they’re fake and that Julius is “a crook.” Worried,... (full context)
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
...taking pictures of everything. Harri gets a remote-control car even though it’s not his birthday. Julius is fixing his baseball bat, which he calls “the persuader.” Harri asks if he can... (full context)
July
Home and the Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Innocence vs. Guilt Theme Icon
Pluralism vs. Prejudice Theme Icon
Masculinity, Violence, and Death Theme Icon
Auntie Sonia is going on a boat to hide from Julius. She apologizes to Mamma for telling her about Julius, but Mamma says she has no... (full context)