Sizwe Bansi Is Dead


Athol Fugard

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In South Africa under apartheid, the term “township” usually meant a city neighborhood or suburb where non-white people—Black/African, Indian, or Colored (meaning mixed-race) —lived close to but segregated from “white” areas of the city. Technically, however, the term “township” could also refer to an all-white area.

Township Quotes in Sizwe Bansi Is Dead

The Sizwe Bansi Is Dead quotes below are all either spoken by Township or refer to Township. For each quote, you can also see the other terms 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

[Our man is amiably drunk. He addresses the audience.]

MAN: Do you know who I am, friend? Take my hand, friend. Take my hand. I am Mister Bansi, friend. Do you know where I come from? I come from Sky’s place, friend. A most wonderful place. I met everybody there, good people. I’ve been drinking, my friends—brandy, wine, beer . . . Don’t you want to go in there, good people? Let’s all go to Sky’s place.

Related Characters: Sizwe Bansi/Robert Zwelinzima/Man (speaker)
Related Symbols: Passbooks/Reference Books
Page Number: 177
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Township Term Timeline in Sizwe Bansi Is Dead

The timeline below shows where the term Township appears in Sizwe Bansi Is Dead. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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In the South African township of New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, a youthful man named Styles walks into Styles’s Photographic Studio,... (full context)
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...When he told a friend about his problem, the friend told him to get a cat—township cats hunt insects because no one has enough money to feed them milk or meat,... (full context)