A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

by

Marlon James

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Shotta Sherrif Character Analysis

Shotta Sherrif is the don of the Eight Lanes and Papa-Lo’s rival. Like Papa-Lo, he is close friends with the Singer and begins to feel sympathetic to the Singer’s project of unity and peace. While Papa-Lo and Shotta Sherrif are in prison, they call a truce and draw up plans for a peace treaty. Shotta is eventually killed in a nightclub in Brooklyn by members of the Wang Gang, and Tristan notes that afterwards the PNP’s New York posses have been “scattered ever since.”

Shotta Sherrif Quotes in A Brief History of Seven Killings

The A Brief History of Seven Killings quotes below are all either spoken by Shotta Sherrif or refer to Shotta Sherrif. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead edition of A Brief History of Seven Killings published in 2014.
Part 2, Chapter 9 Quotes

Today is the day we revoke the Singer's visa because he's suspected of trafficking drugs into the United States of America. Shouldn’t be hard to prove really, just check his back pocket. We're supposed to make a big, public
show of it, a sign that we, as a friend of Jamaica, will not sit by and allow lawlessness to take control of our gracious ally. I already wrote the press release, signed off by higher up. We also have proof that he has consorted with known drug traffickers in Miami and New York and has aligned himself with men of questionable character in Jamaica and abroad, including at least two local terrorists. This has already been documented. One of them, calling himself Shotta Sherrif twice tried for murder, is even closely linked to the present government.

Related Characters: Barry Diflorio (speaker), The Singer, Papa-Lo, Shotta Sherrif
Page Number: 162
Explanation and Analysis:
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Shotta Sherrif Character Timeline in A Brief History of Seven Killings

The timeline below shows where the character Shotta Sherrif appears in A Brief History of Seven Killings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 3
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...Party (JLP), whose color is green, whereas the color of the PNP-supporting Eight Lanes­­––run by Shotta Sherrif ––is orange. Recently, when the Singer was abroad, young men from Jungle, another ghetto, began... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 9:
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...learning about Papa-Lo and Copenhagen City. He then discovers the Singer was seen afterward with Shotta Sherrif , who he knows runs the PNP-voting Eight Lanes. Alex wonders if the Singer is... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 13
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Papa-Lo admits that the Singer is friends with both him and Shotta Sherrif , though he interacts with them separately. For three months, Peter Nasser and two white... (full context)
Part 2, Sir Arthur George Jennings
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...tells her to go back to bed. The other man tells Peter that Papa-Lo and Shotta Sherrif have both stopped eating pork. It is revealed that this other man is Josey Wales.... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 14
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...have stopped talking, and Papa-Lo reflects that it is strange that he now knows what Shotta Sherrif is thinking better than he knows about Josey. He walks to Josey’s house and blames... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 1
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...is a finalist for Miss Jamaica 1979. She glances at an article about Papa-Lo and Shotta Sherrif , all while urging herself not to look.  (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 3
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Tony shoots the man in the head, and Papa-Lo shoots the boy. Recently Shotta Sherrif suggested that he and Papa-Lo kidnap Mick Jagger and hold him for a $2 million... (full context)
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Papa-Lo and Shotta Sherrif began playing dominos together in prison. In January 1978, Papa-Lo was released, followed shortly after... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 4
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The day before Alex went to interview Shotta Sherrif about the peace treaty, and even though by then he’d spent a lot of time... (full context)
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Alex wanted to ask Shotta Sherrif if the peace treaty was still valid after the recent spate of murders between JLP... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 3
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...a job had to go through them. However, the police killed the two dons, and Shotta Sherrif took their place. Tristan argues that the PNP was not ambitious enough, and only ever... (full context)
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When the peace treaty took place, Shotta Sherrif asked Tristan to be “chairman of the peace council.” Shotta and Papa-Lo went to England... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 6
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...child. Tristan left, confident that Weeper would not come after him. Tristan then explains that Shotta Sherrif stole the cocaine stash of a man whose brother was in Wang Gang. He was... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 12
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With Shotta Sherrif dead, the path was cleared for Josey to take over crack distribution in New York.... (full context)