Study Guide

White Teeth Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

By Zadie Smith

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

We love Booker's Seven Basic Plots. We really do. So we sat down with White Teeth and tried and tried and tried to squeeze this fatty book into one of those plot types. But White Teeth was not having it.

This novel ducks and weaves to avoid categorization in the same way that the characters in the novel do. Just remember to keep yourself open to all sorts of possibilities as you read it. And be ready to grapple with understanding, and reunderstanding, the plotline, over and over again. It's a wild ride. But it's a worthwhile one, Shmoopers.

We don't mean to suggest that there isn't a plot. There's a totally awesome plot. Did you read the chapter-by-chapter summaries? Yes, White Teeth is kind of all over the place, but that's just because it's written to mirror the complexities of modern life. Pretty clever, huh?