Sizwe Bansi Is Dead

by

Athol Fugard

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Bradley Character Analysis

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 internalize—illustrates how apartheid’s economic hierarchies and official identities like employee limited Black South Africans’ options and damaged their sense of self.

Bradley Quotes in Sizwe Bansi Is Dead

The Sizwe Bansi Is Dead quotes below are all either spoken by Bradley or refer to Bradley. 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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Sizwe Bansi Is Dead Quotes

STYLES: That was my moment, man. Kneeling there on the floor . . . foreman, general foreman, plant supervisor, plant manager . . . and Styles? Standing!

Related Characters: Styles (speaker), Bradley
Page Number: 152
Explanation and Analysis:

STYLES: ‘Gentlemen, he says that when the door opens and his grandmother walks in you must see to it that you are wearing a mask of smiles. Hide your true feelings, brothers. You must sing. The joyous songs of the days of old before we had fools like this one next to me to worry about.’ [To Bradley.] ‘Yes, sir!’

Related Characters: Styles (speaker), Bradley
Page Number: 153–154
Explanation and Analysis:

STYLES: I took a good look at my life. What did I see? A bloody circus monkey! Selling most of his time on earth to another man. Out of every twenty-four hours I could only properly call mine the six when I was sleeping. What the hell is the use of that?

Related Characters: Styles (speaker), Bradley
Page Number: 156
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Bradley Character Timeline in Sizwe Bansi Is Dead

The timeline below shows where the character Bradley appears in Sizwe Bansi Is Dead. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...were off, and a sign announced Ford would visit that day. The General Foreman, Mr. Bradley, summoned all the workers together. Mimicking Bradley’s Afrikaans accent, Styles recalls how Bradley told the... (full context)
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After the workers had cleaned the factory, Bradley painted both a white line on the floor and a warning about the tow motor.... (full context)
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After painting the green line, Bradley called Styles over. Mimicking Bradley’s Afrikaans accent, Styles repeats Bradley’s question about how to translate... (full context)
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Once the workers showered and dressed, Bradley demanded Styles translate a speech to the other workers. Bradley orated about how important Mr... (full context)
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The workers worked very slowly, singing. Styles saw Bradley and other higher-ups grooming themselves, not suspiciously monitoring the workers like usual. Then three cars... (full context)