Sizwe Banzi Is Dead Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Explain how as an audience, we know from the very opening scene that this play will involve the concepts of racial discrimination against blacks, and their struggles.

The first scene involves a black man named Styles who is telling a story about his experience being a black worker at a Ford plant owned by a big white boss. This immediately casts direct attention to the taboo concept concerning racial discrimination, and how this specific man has dealt with it in the past. Although he seems relatively successful now, it is clear that his general attitude of positiveness and creativity in the face of Apartheid is unique. This endears him to us right off the bat despite our knowledge of the grim reality of what he has probably been through as a black man during these times.

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