CHARACTERISATION IN BETRAYAL IN THE CITY

Tumbo

Tumbo is a government official and Regina’s landlord. His incompetence leads to the collapse of Boss’ regime.

Proud/overconfident/condescending

When he enters Regina’s house, he walks around as if it is his own. He also talks with pride describing how easy to drive a jaguar is. Furthermore, he looks down upon the present education yet he admits he did not study that much.

Ignorant/incompetent/lazy

Instead of organizing for a play writing competition, he goes ahead and appoints Jusper as the winner of non-existent competition. Furthermore, he does not proof read the play to see whether it has words like “progress and achievement” (pg50)

Besides, he does not know Wole Soyinka, he believes that the name is of an African politician.

Corrupt/ego-centric/fearful/apologetic

Despite the fact that he says that by choosing Jusper he had saved the government a lot of money, he goes ahead to say that, the 2/3 of the 600 pounds allocated, will go into making the records straight.

He tells Jusper to learn to fight for himself and once in a position of substance, to fight for the others. (pg42)

He is timid and confused before Boss. He loses his concentration and does not quickly understand what Boss is asking of him. (pg68)

Towards the end of the play he admits that he had been given the wrong job, he apologises for his inefficiency and fearfully walks out glad to be safe.

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