CHARACTERISATION IN BETRAYAL IN THE CITY

Jusper

Jusper is the son of Nina and Doga, a university student, brother to the Late Adika and the boyfriend to Regina. He is also the playwright to the play that brings down Boss’s regime.

Character traits

Fearless/violent/honest/vengeful

He kills chagaga and Mulili. After killing Chagaga he easily confesses to the crime leading to his beating by an angry mob. He is very violent that his reaction leads to the murder of Chagaga. We can conclude that killed both Mulili and Chagaga to revenge the death of his family. Jusper, after killing Mulili, he says that he did it for kafira.

He also hands back the remaining change to Tumbo when he had brought the drinks.

Clever/witty/conniving/conspiratorial

He easily accepts the role of writing a play to be performed to the visiting head of state. He notices the weakness in tumbo and manipulates the play to his liking. Using Mosese and Jere, the trio plans to oust Boss out of power. The scheme works perfectly and they manage to hold Boss hostage. Similarly, he pretends to be so damaged that the police let him free, in so doing, he has perfect political ground to spread radical ideas despite being a homicide suspect.

Simple/ideological/independent-minded

He refuses to take Tumbo’s jaguar and opts to walk when he is sent for drinks. In so doing, he shows that he is independent minded and accepts no favours to luxury but will work hard to get the luxury he so desires.

Creative/satirist

He says that his works are not for Kafira because he exposes the truth to light that’s why publishers are not too willing to accept them for publication. He also accepts to draft the play to be used in the entertainment of the state visitor. Furthermore, his creativity is used to bring about a revolution.

Revolutionary/Practical

Jusper like Christopher Okigbo is a creative who is willing to use both fiction and action to bring about a revolution. He works together with Mosese and Jere to bring about change. However many will argue that the creative should take a middle ground in conflict like Al Amin Mazrui’s The Trial of Christopher Okigbo.

Realistic/humorous

He brings reality to life by comparing the non-existent justice to Jupiter. In a comical twist we laugh at the reality that justice and Jupiter are nonexistent.

Friendly/social

He easily makes friends with Tumbo while Regina was away. He also establishes a rapport with Jere and Mosese and in cohorts with each other, they orchestrate a coup.

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9 thoughts on “CHARACTERISATION IN BETRAYAL IN THE CITY

  1. leaders of dictatorial regimns are characterised by weakness of character and inept.drawing illustration from boss’ behavour discuss this statement

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