Sizwe Banzi Is Dead Characters

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Styles

Styles lives in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and used to work at the Ford Motor Company. He now owns a photography studio where he is his own boss and uses his photography skills to preserve the faces and memories of his people. Styles serves as the historical reference for the play as he narrates the details of the cultural environment of South Africa in the 1970s.

Sizwe Bansi

The protagonist of the play, Sizwe has a wife and four children in King William’s Town and has come to Port Elizabeth to look for work. His request for an official permit is denied and he is told to return home. Sizwe is able to switch his papers for the papers of a dead man and take on the dead man’s identity so that he will be able to find a job and support his family. He goes...

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