The Buddha of Suburbia

by

Hanif Kureishi

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Tracey Character Analysis

Tracey is a young black actress in Pyke's production. Karim observes that Tracey spends a lot of time worrying about what it means to be a black woman, and she objects to Karim's portrayal of his Anwar character. She insists it does people of color worldwide a disservice to portray a person so absurdly traditional.
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Tracey Character Timeline in The Buddha of Suburbia

The timeline below shows where the character Tracey appears in The Buddha of Suburbia. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 11
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Family, Love, and Loyalty Theme Icon
Racism, Success, and Identity Theme Icon
...in the cast. The other two men are solid, cynical actors; there's one black woman, Tracey; and a beautiful redheaded actress named Eleanor. Louise, the writer, also attends rehearsals. Karim notes... (full context)
Racism, Success, and Identity Theme Icon
...on par with the rest of the group. When they discuss the characters, Pyke asks Tracey for her opinion on Karim's character. Tracey declares that Karim is doing "black people" a... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 12
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Family, Love, and Loyalty Theme Icon
Racism, Success, and Identity Theme Icon
...his new character, and he rehearses his Changez character frequently. When Karim finally performs Changez, Tracey starts to object, but Pyke insists that the play will be perfect. (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 17
Hierarchy and Class Theme Icon
Racism, Success, and Identity Theme Icon
Social and Political Discontent Theme Icon
...Bob, the man who runs the theatre, is an expert in "ethnic arts." He pulls Tracey and Karim to seats at the front of the room, shushes the crowd, and suddenly,... (full context)