Born a Crime

by

Trevor Noah

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Tim Character Analysis

The shrewd and manipulative son of a domestic worker in Highlands North who resells Trevor’s pirated CDs at his “proper ghetto school,” Northview. Tim is always cooking up a scheme: he once pretends that Trevor is a famous American rapper and later sets him up with Babiki (but never mentions that she only speaks Pedi).
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Tim Character Timeline in Born a Crime

The timeline below shows where the character Tim appears in Born a Crime. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14
Racism, Apartheid, and the Cycle of Poverty Theme Icon
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Trevor has two friends involved in his CD scheme. One is Tim, who (like Teddy) is the son of a domestic worker, but goes to “a proper... (full context)
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Another time, Tim comes to Trevor’s house and they chat about the dance—Tim promises he can get Trevor... (full context)
Identity, Belonging, and Community Theme Icon
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Astonishingly, Tim shows up a  few weeks later with good news—even though Trevor is sure he is... (full context)
Identity, Belonging, and Community Theme Icon
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Tim and Trevor visit Babiki’s family some more in the next few weeks; they are from... (full context)
Racism, Apartheid, and the Cycle of Poverty Theme Icon
Identity, Belonging, and Community Theme Icon
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...know what it means for him to have a “girlfriend.” Their communication “was always through Tim,” who speaks Pedi. Babiki’s sisters speak English, but she does not, and Trevor is used... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...drivers and hang out in a converted shipping container that has a payphone inside. Like Tim, Sizwe is a clever businessman, so starts selling to the bus drivers on credit (with... (full context)