The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star

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Nicola Yoon

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Samuel Kingsley Character Analysis

Samuel is Natasha and Peter's father and Patricia’s husband. He believes he has a God-given gift for acting and is meant to be a famous actor. The glowing reviews his performance as Walter Lee Younger in A Raisin in the Sun received in Jamaica were what inspired him to move to the US to become a famous Broadway actor. However, Samuel has very thin skin and couldn't handle the constant rejection he received when he auditioned in the US. After Natasha and Patricia joined him in New York, he took a job as a security guard and stopped attending auditions altogether. He became depressed and eventually gave up on his dreams entirely. As Natasha pulled away from him during this time, he also couldn't understand her anymore—her love of math seemed foreign and strange. Two months before the start of the novel, Samuel had the opportunity to once again act as Walter Lee Younger in a small production of A Raisin in the Sun. Patricia refused to attend, but Natasha believed her father's performance in the play was phenomenal. That night, Samuel drove home drunk and was charged with a DUI. Believing America had nothing more to offer him, Samuel intentionally told the police officer about his immigration status, bringing about his family's deportation. Natasha resents him for this, as she believes he ruined her life. She also hates him because she overheard him tell Patricia that his family is the reason he couldn't follow his dreams. On the night they leave for Jamaica, Natasha tells Samuel that he needs to start "living in the real world" and actively try to make a living an actor and support his family.

Samuel Kingsley Quotes in The Sun is Also a Star

The The Sun is Also a Star quotes below are all either spoken by Samuel Kingsley or refer to Samuel Kingsley. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Sun is Also a Star published in 2016.
Chapter 10 Quotes

One day in the future, the meaning of irie will move on, and it will become just another word with a long list of archaic or obsolete definitions. "Is everything irie?" someone will ask you in a perfect American accent. "Everything's irie," you will respond […] Neither of you will know about Abraham or the Rastafari religion or the Jamaican dialect. The word will be devoid of any history at all.

Page Number: 26
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Chapter 83 Quotes

Yes, she'd been frustrated with him for years, but that one moment showed us all how far apart they really were now. Even Peter, who sides with my mother in all things, flinched a little.

Still. You couldn't fault her. Not really. My father had been dreaming his life away for years. He lived in those plays instead of the real world. He still does. My mother didn't have time for dreaming anymore.

Neither do I.

Related Characters: Natasha Kingsley (speaker), Samuel Kingsley, Patricia Kingsley
Related Symbols: A Raisin In the Sun
Page Number: 208
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Chapter 86 Quotes

Should I tell him about my father's aborted dreams? Should I tell him that I think dreams never die even when they're dead? Should I tell him that I suspect my father lives a better life in his head?

Related Symbols: A Raisin In the Sun
Page Number: 213
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Samuel Kingsley Character Timeline in The Sun is Also a Star

The timeline below shows where the character Samuel Kingsley appears in The Sun is Also a Star. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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Natasha's mom, Patricia, tells her that it's time to give up. Her dad, Samuel, just frowns and says nothing. Peter, Natasha’s nine-year-old brother is the only happy one: he... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...if she's really going to have to leave. Mr. Barnes begins to say something about Samuel's DUI, and Natasha asks why she has to pay for her dad's mistake. Mr. Barnes... (full context)
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Natasha thinks that she's been angry since the beginning of time—at Samuel, at Rob for insisting that they should still be friends, and at Bev for being... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...definitions that are marked obsolete, and thinks that the original definition of irie is gone. Samuel has begun using irie and other Jamaican slang for the first time since he moved... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...could be. Patricia likes to say it, but she hasn't said it about the deportation. Samuel has been saying that one can't see God's plan, and Natasha wants to tell him... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Samuel moved to New York City when Natasha was six years old. He was supposed to... (full context)
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...it meant to be undocumented: she'd never get to go home again. At the airport, Samuel seemed happy to see her, and he still obviously loved her. He found his family... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...ready to cry and thinks that new headphones could never replace her now broken ones. Samuel bought them for her not long after she moved to the US. He bought gifts... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...truth about what she'd do with a time machine. She'd ensure the best day of Samuel's life doesn't happen to save her future. When Natasha is finished explaining the science of... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...they made different choices. The narrator says that per this theory, there's a universe where Samuel doesn't ruin Natasha's life, one where he does but Natasha can fix it, and one... (full context)
Chapter 57
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...thumbs up or thumbs down for each parent. She gives Patricia a thumbs up and Samuel a thumbs down. (full context)
Chapter 58
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...when they don't love you back. She knows that he wants to tell her that Samuel certainly loves her and that all parents love their children, but Natasha knows that it... (full context)
Chapter 59
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Samuel was certain that he was destined to be famous. When he met Patricia, he figured... (full context)
Chapter 69
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...actually suggesting that people live in the moment. Daniel asks Natasha to tell him about Samuel, and she finally agrees. She says that he seems to live with regret that somehow,... (full context)
Chapter 77
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...to have a nice life and turns away. Natasha tells Daniel that he's just like Samuel: selfish, and like him, he believes the world revolves around his feelings and his dreams.... (full context)
Chapter 83
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Natasha explains that she and Samuel used to be inseparably close. They were the dreamers, while Patricia and Peter were the... (full context)
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Then, Samuel lost his job. He said that maybe it was a blessing that would allow him... (full context)
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After that, Natasha and Samuel didn't do things together anymore. He began spending all his time in the bedroom, reading... (full context)
Chapter 84
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Samuel admits that he's somewhat afraid of Natasha now because of her unexplainable interest in chemistry... (full context)
Chapter 86
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...her to sit and explain her situation. Natasha wonders whether she should tell him about Samuel's "aborted dreams," or her own belief that even dead dreams don't die. She decides to... (full context)
Chapter 87
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Samuel had to buy three tickets for Natasha, Peter, and Patricia to come to the play.... (full context)
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Patricia called Samuel foolish and then walked to the bathroom and slammed the door. Later, she refused to... (full context)
Chapter 89
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...stories like hers Attorney Fitzgerald has heard. She picks up her story of the night Samuel ruined her life. After the show, the actors took their bows and the audience began... (full context)
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When Samuel finally spoke, he didn't sound Jamaican at all and sent Natasha and Peter home. Afterwards,... (full context)
Chapter 90
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The chapter uses a dramatic script to recount a conversation between Samuel and Patricia. They're in their bedroom, and Natasha is hiding outside the door, listening. Patricia... (full context)
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Samuel snaps. He says he's tired of hearing about Patricia's dreams instead of his own. He... (full context)
Chapter 91
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Natasha doesn't tell Attorney Fitzgerald that Samuel believes she's his greatest regret, and instead tells him about their notice to appear in... (full context)
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...to leave the country would cause extreme hardship. This turned out to be impossible, and Samuel accepted Voluntary Removal at the hearing. The lawyer had said that they didn't have a... (full context)
Chapter 108
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...asks Natasha to recall her most treasured memory. She says it was the first time Samuel let her eat ice cream out of a cone when she was four. She explains... (full context)
Chapter 112
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Samuel says that some people are born for greatness. He got to use his greatness twice,... (full context)
Chapter 123
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...they can talk in front of Daniel, since he's her boyfriend. At just that moment, Samuel, a deep frown on his face, walks out of the bedroom. Daniel struggles to understand... (full context)
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Daniel sees hurt, anger, and disbelief on Natasha's face as she turns to Samuel. Natasha tells her dad she spent her day trying to fix his mistakes and keep... (full context)
Chapter 124
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...that she always lets it go when Patricia asks, but the combination of Daniel and Samuel's forced Jamaican accent makes her angry. She sputters that she heard him say that his... (full context)
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Natasha found that after hearing Samuel say he regrets her, all her memories of him were spoiled. She watches him cry... (full context)
Chapter 125
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...what she'd save from a fire, but Daniel would save his notebook. Natasha would find Samuel's death the most disturbing, and Daniel would find Natasha's death disturbing. He insists that she's... (full context)
Chapter 129
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...long. Peter thrives in Jamaica, and years later, he'll name his daughter after his mother. Samuel acts in local theater productions and decides that he made the right decision in pursuing... (full context)