Sizwe Bansi Is Dead

by

Athol Fugard

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Sizwe Bansi/Robert Zwelinzima/Man

Sizwe Bansi is a nervous yet hopeful Black South African man living under apartheid. He comes from a rural area around a small city, King William’s Town. Married to Nowetu, Sizwe believes being… read analysis of Sizwe Bansi/Robert Zwelinzima/Man

Styles

Styles is a young, fashionable, funny Black photographer in apartheid South Africa. He is casual friends with Buntu and takes photos of Sizwe Bansi when Sizwe, under the name Robert Zwelinzima, enters Styles’s studio wanting… read analysis of Styles

Buntu

A native of Port Elizabeth, Buntu is well known for helping friends and acquaintances; he lets Sizwe Bansi stay at his house while Sizwe is looking for work in the city and avoiding the white… read analysis of Buntu

Bradley

A white South African man who speaks with a heavy Afrikaans accent, Bradley supervised Styles when Styles worked at a Ford automobile plant under dirty, dangerous conditions. Bradley’s racist treatment of Styles—which Styles began to… read analysis of Bradley

Nowetu

Sizwe Bansi’s wife Nowetu stays in King William’s Town and takes care of their four children while Sizwe looks for work in Port Elizabeth. Due to limited job opportunities in the rural environs of… read analysis of Nowetu
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