A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

by

Marlon James

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Chuck Character Analysis

Chuck is a white American from Arkansas, temporarily stationed in Jamaica by the company he works for, Alcorp Bauxite. He lives with Kim in Montego Bay, but is secretly married to a black American woman back in the United States. After he leaves Jamaica and returns to his wife, he is blackmailed by Kim (now living as Dorcas Palmer), who threatens to reveal their affair to his wife.
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Chuck Character Timeline in A Brief History of Seven Killings

The timeline below shows where the character Chuck appears in A Brief History of Seven Killings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3, Chapter 1
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...Clarke gets on a bus, she feels sure it is about to explode. Her boyfriend Chuck tells her not to get on the bus if she hates it so much. When... (full context)
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Kim concludes that Chuck is “sweet” and “nice.” She misses him when he is gone because she hates being... (full context)
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Chuck frequently rants about the PNP and how Jamaica is supposedly becoming communist. Kim pretends to... (full context)
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...to move to America and start again “as blank a slate can be.” She and Chuck have been dating for sixth months, and Chuck took them out dancing for their sixth... (full context)
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Kim envisions Chuck kicking her out and her screaming in protest. Earlier she had sex with a man... (full context)
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Kim wonders if she should pack. She imagines telling Chuck that she wanted to be “proactive.” Chuck once told her that he expected Jamaican women... (full context)
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...was cooking burns and the room fills with smoke. Kim begins laughing hysterically, which angers Chuck. He points out that he never took his wedding ring off, and when Kim asks... (full context)