CHARACTERS AND CHARACTERIZATION - The Samaritan Study Guide

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Act I Scene I - The Failed Award

  1. The Principal-Narine
    Role of the principal
    In this act, she is more of a stock character.
  2. Mossi
    1. Opulent and flashy
      Mossi has more phones. He puts his three phones….(P. 2).
    2. Temperamental
      He raised his voice while addressing Nicole (P. 17).
    3. Arrogant and Proud
      He says that he cannot argue with a simple chairman of a local board (P. 18).
    4. Dictatorial
      He dictates what the school should do, when and how. He commands Mossi, “Go now and write that letter and copy my office through your school principal…(P. 18).”
    5. Cautious
      Mossi thinks the innovation might hurt his reputation and tells the principal and Nicole, “I declined to do so when I figured out the innovation might be a problem for us (P. 15)”.
      Role of the Mossi
      • He builds themes of bad governance and technology as she talks about it.
      • He also brings out language use such as irony, satire and ellipsis.
      • He enables us see how firm and realistic Nicole is.
      • He also develops the plot as an inciting action of stopping the rewarding of the app commences.
  3. Nicole
    1. Realistic
      She tells Mossi that she may not be able to say anything about the App. She says “The App has been online for a months now and it has been taken over by The National Information and Communications Technology Corporation  and there is little they can do now (P. 18).
      Role of Nicole
      • We come to realize how insecure Mossi is because of her innovation with the students.
      • We also meet styles like satire because of her conflicting view with Mossi.
      • We expect the play as she resists Mossi’s suggestion of doing away with The Samaritan
  4. The students
    1. Innovative and creative
      The conflicting aspect of a bright future and a dark future results from their strained imagination
    2. Courageous
      They confidently stand before the rest of the learners and the Mayors team to present their play and App.
      Role of the students
      • They show how focused Nicole is and how selfish the Mayor is.
      • They set the plot in motion with their play and innovation.
      • They build the play within a play.

Act I Scene II - The Rift

  1. Mossi
    1. Abusive
      He insults Seymour and Ted, “ Look you fools……….(P. 35),you senseless thieves………(P. 35).”
    2. Temperamental
      He shouts at Seymour and Ted “You senseless thieves, You were elected just the other day, as poor and jigger infested hoodlums (P. 35).”
    3. Proud
      He calls himself, ‘Smoke that thunders’ .This is to mean that he is unstoppable (P. 35 & 36).
    4. Informed
      The mayor seems more informed than his staff. He follows up on matters in Maracas Municipality. He even reads newspapers, and even attending functions like that at Sagrada just to find out what is trending. Through following of current affairs he gets to understand the situation of his municipality (P. 21).
    5. Insecure
      He keeps reading newspapers out of fear that the reporters would write about him and ruin his name (P. 21).
      Role of Mossi
      • He builds themes such as blackmail, impunity, corruption, and fear.
      • He also portrays other characters such as Ted and Seymour as being selfish, corrupt and greedy.
      • He builds the plot as we wait to see how the rally will end and how they will solve their case.
      • It is also through his that styles of irony, satire, metaphors come out.
  2. Harvester
    1. Loyal
      He does exactly what his boss says. He buys the Newspapers from the vendor as instructed, ‘I did as you instructed sir’ (P. 21).
    2. Knowledgeable
      He knows more about The Samaritan App and how it functions. He states that the function of the App is to promote the public good by exposing corruption and other vices (P. 23).
    3. Open minded
      He gives alternatives on how to avert the court cases from coming up in the first place (P. 31). He feels that restitution can work better. According to him the truth is only what can set them free (P. 32).
      Role of Harvester
      • He builds themes of cruelty and violence
      • He also brings out styles of irony and satire.
      • He develops Mossi as unreasonable and corrupt.
  3. Jaden
    1. Enlightened
      • He reads newspapers often. When Mossi asks whether the members in the meeting have read the newspaper, it’s clear that he is the only one who has read it (P. 21).
      • He also shares that he has read a lot of newspapers (P. 23)
    2. Corrupt
      • He suggests that editors and reports be given boxes of chocolate as a way of luring them not to disclose the information (P.22).
      • At some point when responding to Seymour he says, “….what matters is not what you do, but how you do it (P. 29).” He goes further stating that one can fly into forbidden territory and still get away with it, provided it’s done below the radar (P. 29). This clearly shows that he is ready to justify all injustice in Maracas municipality.
      • He believes in corruption. He believes that the only way to pull down the information from the App is by use of money to influence their pursuers (P. 31).
        Role of Jaden
        • Builds the plot with a twist where he is to offer justice yet is involved in injustice.
        • He also brings out styles such as irony, juxtaposition, and suspense as we wait to see what will happen.
        • He builds other characters such as Mossi who now blackmails him.
  4. Ramdaye
    1. Materialistic and selfish/ egocentric
      He says he cannot raise money when Seymour proposes that they raise money to fight cases that might be brought up against them (P. 31).
    2. Unpredictable
      At some point he says he has no money since he has loans to service, later on he states that they take loans or sale their property to raise the money (P. 32).
  5. Seymour
    1. Schemer
      He schemes that the App be alleged that it has a risk of spying on banks and the confidential documents of the municipal council (P. 28).
    2. Corrupt
      He believes in corruption. He believes that the only way to pull down the information from the App is by use of money to influence their pursuers (P. 31).
    3. Optimistic
      He believes that they will manage to fight the case by use of money, he believes that they can still money by relocating funds so as to fight any case filed against them (P. 35).
    4. Unreliable
      When matters get worse he turns against Mossi, this is because Mossi is not willing to protect him. He tells Mossi that they can hound him out of office. He is ready to unearth Mossi’s rot. He is ready to mobilize the members of the council Chamber against Mossi (P. 35 and 36).
      Role of Seymour
      • He develops Mossi as a selfish, corrupt, and unreliable character.
      • He brings out aspects of blackmail and corruption.
      • He also builds the plot when he plans to mobilize the members of the council chamber.
  6. Ted
    1. Fearful
      He fears that once everything is tabled in court they are likely to end up in Baneta Express Prison (P. 25). He keeps wondering in fear whether such online allegations can form a basis for prosecution (P. 27).
    2. Traitorous
      He says be cannot be handed to prison. He distances himself from all the rot in Maracas. He says its Mossi’s responsibility for the rot in the municipality P.36.
      Role of Ted
      • He brings out themes of fear and betrayal.
      • He also makes Mossi show how abusive and manipulative he can be.
      • He brings out aspects of irony and satire.

Act I Scene III - Strategies

  1. Mossi
    1. Insensitive
      When Bembe talks of Sugar levels rising he suggests that he takes some more salts (P. 38).
    2. Ignorant and Uninformed
      He does not understand what is meant by municipal capture (P. 39). He doesn’t even understand cyber bullying and how it functions.
    3. Ruthless and violent
      He operates with gangsters. For instance, he has a black man who heads the Red Eagle Gang. He wants the gang to burn tyres in every corner of the Maracas. He says that he leaves thunder and smoke in his wake (P. 45-46).
    4. Corrupt
      Mossi claims that he is accused of many crimes, particularly municipal capture (P. 39).
    5. Hypocritical
      Mossi instructs Bembe that they should deny ever having rejected to reward the student’s app at Sagrada Secondary school. He should indicate before the public that they are finalizing arrangements to give the prize and also mainstream the use of the app in the running of the municipality to enhance transparency and accountability.
    6. Treacherous
      The deputy to the Mayor and Ted are said to be mobilizing members of the chambers to open a debate that will result in a vote of no confidence against the mayor (P. 44).
      Role of Mossi
      • He brings out themes of intimidation, blackmail, and corruption.
      • His plan to attack the opponent group builds the plot.
      • We see irony, satire, and foreshadow through his actions.
      • He builds characters such as Nicole and Bembe.
  2. Bembe
    1. Fearful and Pessimistic
      He sees himself dead just because of the accusations (P. 38).
      Bembe tells the Mayor there is a likelihood of his untimely death (P. 37).
    2. Abusive
      He is full of insults. He calls Ramdaye a dinosaur (P. 42).
      Bembe suggests that they get someone to steal the school generator and pin in on Nicole then tell the judge to put her in (P. 47).
  3. Harvester
    1. Defensive
      He defends himself before Mossi that he is being accused of many crimes of abuse of office. He wonders even where people are getting such classified information (P. 38).
    2. Schemer
      He says that they should scheme carefully. He further states that Discretion is the better part of valor (P.44).
    3. Cautious
      He says that they should scheme carefully. He further states that Discretion is the better part of valor (P.44).
      Role of Bembe
      • He builds Mossi’s character traits through their conversation.
      • He brings out aspects of blackmail and corruption.
      • He also exposes styles of irony, satire, and metaphors.

Act II Scene I - Fear

  • Alvita and Montano
    1. Fearful and timid
      • Alvita and Montano are afraid that Nicole might be in danger (P. 50).
      • Alvita is looking apprehensive. She says they are worried over her (P.49). Similarly, Montano tells Nicole that the app will get their teacher into trouble (P. 49)
    2. Caring and concerned
      • Alvita and Montano are concerned about Nicole their teacher, hence they visit her and warn her about the possible trouble that The Samaritan App might have on her (P.48-49).
    3. Passionate and loyal
      • The act of visiting Nicole over the holiday to warn her on the trouble that she might experience is an act of love (P. 52).
      • The students promise to follow Nicole in case she transfers from their school (P. 52).
        Role of the students (Alvita and Nicole)
        • They build the plot of the story. When they visit Nicole and talk about their fears and anxieties over their teacher and prepare her for a harsh time, we wait for such a moment.
        • They also help build up Nicole as a determined, optimistic, advisory and knowledgeable character.
        • They build flashback and foreshadow when they refer to the ultimatum the Mayor made and the possible trouble Nicole may encounter in the text.
  • Nicole
    1. Daring, brave and courageous
      • Even as Montano and Alvita tell her to stop pursuing The Samaritan App due to the possible risk it will put her through, she says she is not worried about what the leaders will do because the App is something good (P.52).
      • She still assures her students that they should be there for one another and act right to improve individual lives (P.52).
      • She also says that when striving to improve lives, she cannot afford to chicken out at every obstacle and threat in her life (P.52).
    2. Selfless and idealistic
      She tells her students that to improve individual lives and make the Municipality prosper; one must care about others and not just oneself. It is necessary that one stands for another and acts right or take responsibility for the progress to be realized (P.52).
    3. Firm and Determined
      She is determined to pursue the success of The Samaritan App despite the trouble it might cause to her (P.52).
    4. Realistic or pragmatic
      She understands that there are times when one should stand for a cause that can bring a better tomorrow for everyone (P.52).
    5. Optimistic or hopeful and visionary
      • Nicole strives to improve her life (P.52)
      • Despite Montano and Alvita being anxious and worried about the possible danger of The Samaritan App resulting from recent ultimatum the Mayor gave  their teacher, Nicole tells the students not to worry because everything will be well (P.50).
      • Nicole is confident that The Samaritan will bring a better tomorrow. She tells her students that she is sure The Samaritan will change the course of history in the Municipality (P.52).
      • Nicole also hopes that the students should be encouraged or not fear pursuing the project of the Samaritan App, because they will be finally successful (P.53).
    6. Critical
      She believes the leaders cannot have big vehicles, huge houses, and flaunt lifestyle with just their salaries (p.53).
    7. Calm
      Even though Montano and Alvita are apprehensive about the Mayor and possible danger of The Samaritan App because of the recent ultimatum the Mayor passed, Nicole tells the students not to worry and that everything will be well (P.50).
    8. Knowledgeable and Informed
      She uses the story of the Good Samaritan to explain to the students why leaders will not take the App that is good for the citizens (P.50-51).
    9. Advisory
      She encourages her students to pursue the app until it is a success (P.53).
      Role of Nicole
      • Nicole dominates the entire scene hence builds the plot, setting.
      • She brings out themes of opportunism and hypocrisy.
      • She builds other characters including the leaders as corrupt.
      • She builds the conflict in the play as everyone is concerned about The App she mentored students to work on.
  • The Municipal Leaders
    1. Deceitful and hypocritical
      Nicole shares that public official’s talk of interest in citizens without ever being genuinely committed to it (p.51).
    2. Corrupt
      Nicole thinks with their salary which everybody knows they cannot afford big cars and houses unless there are four games (P. 53).
      Roles of Leaders
      • In this scene, leaders are more of stock characters who build Nicole’s characterization and styles such as irony, satire among others.
      • They also help us see some themes including corruption, bad leadership, and selfishness.

Act II Scene II - Mayor’s Visit

  1. Nicole
    1. Ambitious
      The principal says she is ambitious (P.56).
    2. Firm and daring
      She dares Mossi regardless of his threats and says the app cannot be done away with at all (P.56).
    3. Sarcastic
      She sarcastically refers to Mossi’s arguments to hit him. Nicole sarcastically asks the Mayor to tell her whether he is really responsible for the problems faced in the Municipality (P.63).
      Nicole sarcastically asks Mossi whether his deputy must be a disgrace (P.63).
    4. Critical, ideological and liberal-minded
      She tells Narine that is it not worth abandoning an ingenious innovation that has great potential of improving the governance of the Municipality to appease a self-seeking political class (P.57).
    5. Frank
      Nicole tells Mossi that he is bribing her and yet he is supposed to be fighting corruption (P.61).
    6. Diligent
      Nicole rejects the money Mossi wants him and the students to take and drop the App (P.61).
  2. Mossi
    1. Sarcastic
      • He says people should not glorify evil and mediocrity then turn and whine (P.63).
      • He is sarcastic when he says Seymour knows as much law as does a he goat (P.67).
      • Mossi sarcastically says Hon. Ramdaye and his entire family has invaded the Department of Infrastructure (P.69).
      • Mossi calls Justice Ian Jaden as a man whose true colors are contradictory to his smart nature (P.69).
      • Mossi questions Nicole whether she thinks a computer Programme will stop a monkey from eating bananas (P.71)
      • Mossi indicates how some leaders lack knowledge and says that Seymour has fake papers in law and he knows as much law as does the goat (p.67).
    2. Judgmental and accusative
      • He accuses Hon Basdeo for posting information about him (P. 59).
      • Mossi says he is being crucified for mistakes of the people (P.61).
      • He blames the Samaritan App for messing him (P.60).
      • The Mayor says that roads resemble the battlefield where bombs were detonated (P.62).
      • Mossi blames the citizens as being responsible for the corrupt nature in the Municipality because they voted people whom they knew could not accomplish anything (P.63).
      • The Mayor calls Ted a bat and a sinister creature that can’t see and sleeps upside down (P.64).
      • Mossi reports that Hon. Ted King must have quit schooling after kindergarten and that he sleeps in a drum of illicit liquor (P.65).
      • He also accuses the leaders for eating the whole loaf together with the wrapping and even the vendor (P.69).
      • Mossi says that Justice Jaden hawks justice like cabbages (P.69).
      • The Mayor claims Hon. Seymour hides behind satanic dark glasses that threaten everyone and everything including his own shadow and he can also drive the devil out of hell (P.70)
    3. Hateful and sadistic
      • He says he hopes Tedd will die soon (P65).
      • Mossi seems to hate everyone he works with. He says all are a disgrace (P.63).
      • He seems to enjoy the situation in Seymour’s home including the perpetual drunkardness of his wife and the deterioration of the status of his son (P.70).
    4. Pretentious
      • The Mayor pretends to be sorry to Nicole for having sounded hard on her at the beginning of the meeting and later still dictates what she must do or face it (P.59 vs.73).
      • Mossi says he is being crucified for mistakes of the people and later says everyone has a mistake (P.61).
    5. Evasive
      • He blames everyone else including the voters, the teachers, the school system, the lawyers, his deputy, and other leaders in the municipal for the issues in the Municipal. He is not even aware that the principal wrote him a letter about the APP (P.58).
    6. Abusive
      • The Mayor says Tedd is a bat and scatterbrain (P.64-65).
      • He abuses Seymour as a pitiful human being (P.66).
      • Mossi claims that Seymour knows as much law as does a he goat (P.67).
    7. Insecure and Suspicious
      • The Mayor thinks that Hon Basdeo has been posting false information about him
      • Mossi thinks Nicole is using the app as a political tool.
      • He says he is very vulnerable to falsehoods as a leader (P.60).
    8. Persuasive
      He persuades Nicole in all ways so that she lets the project of The Samaritan App be null and void (P.58-70)
    9. Corrupt
      • He offers Nicole money so that they drop The Samaritan App (P.61)
      • He says he takes a slice or even two or only three (P. 68-69).
    10. Outspoken
      He speaks a lot before Nicole sharing the kind of leaders he has in his office(p.).
    11. Dictatorial and bossy
      • He tells Nicole to ensure the app is no longer working (p.61)
      • Mossi demands that Nicole deletes all the information that deforms him (P.60)
      • He tells Nicole top do away with the app of face his wrath (p.73).
    12. Humorous
      • His description of fellow council leaders is humorous. For example, Mossi says that Seymour has fake papers in law and he knows as much law as does the goat (p.67).
      • He claims that Hon. Seymour hides behind satanic dark glasses that threaten everyone and everything including his own shadow and he can also drive the devil out of hell (P.70).
      • Mossi says when you elect a monkey into an office you should not complain when it begins to holler (P.71).
    13. Hopeless
      • He says The Samaritan can’t help to redeem the nature of evil in the Municipality it will only worsen it (P.70). He says it is basically beyond redemption to blame people for their nature (P.70).
    14. Superstitious
      • Mossi elaborates that the chains, ripped jeans, necklace and bangles that Seymour puts on are satanic. (P.65).
      • He also claims Seymour’s hairstyle is evil (P.65).
      • Mossi thinks that Ted is   a man under obeah (P.64).
  3. Narine, the principal
    1. Appreciative
      • She appreciates that Nicole has been one of the best members of her staff (P. 55).
    2. Frank         
      • She tells Nicole the dangers of hanging on to the app.
    3. Perceptive
      • She is perceptive enough to know the kind of ambition Nicole has (P.56).
    4. Suspicious, doubtful, and skeptical
      • She suspects that Nicole’s attachment to the App is more that can meet an eye (P.56)
    5. Fearful and anxious
      • She tells Nicole that the matter of the App is dangerous (P.55)
      • She thinks to get out of the possible danger; Nicole should quit (p.56).
    6. Advisory
      • Narine, the school principal thinks what Nicole is doing is good, and she advices her not to be involved in something that will derail them from the greater good in line with the mission of the school (P.56).
      • She advises Nicole to put the matter of The Samaritan App at rest (P.56).
    7. Diligent and focused
      • She reports that she takes her work seriously and focuses on the mission of the school found in providing quality education to the children (P.56).
    8. Hospitable
      • The secretary offers Mossi a drink when he comes to her office (P.58).
    9. Realistic
      • It is pragmatic to distinguish between politics and the goal of a school (P.57).
    10. Experienced and Cautious
      • She says she is a seasoned administrator who knows battles to wage and those to avoid (P.57).
      • She also says she has to draw the boundary between the school and politics and so she will not be part of the discussion on the App (P.57).
  4. Hon Seymour
    1. Corrupt
      • Mossi accuses him of making sure people part with dollars before he can approve the building plan since he is in charge of the Municipal department of Planning and Development (P.66).
      • He does not care later what kind of building you have (P.66).
      • He never studied law, but Mossi asserts that he went downtown and got a degree certificate in law (P.67).
      • Mossi claims that his deputy ensures only his companies or those of his relatives win tenders for road construction in the Municipality (P.62).
      • He also misappropriates funds in the construction department (P.63).
      • Mossi says his deputy has conned almost everyone in town and that he always waits for printing of fake title deeds (P.63).
    2. Violent and intimidating
      • Mossi says Seymour is in charge of the mysterious disappearance of people in town (p.66)
      • He has a murderous Black Swan gang that shoots and violently attacks people in town (P.66).
      • Mossi says Seymour threatens everyone behind his satanic dark glasses (P.70).
    3. Greedy
      Mossi says his deputy has conned almost everyone in town and that he always waits for printing of fake title deeds (P.63).
    4. Evil
      Mossi says he is evil (P.63)
  5. Jaden
    1. Corrupt
      Mossi accuses him of hawking justice (P.69).
  6. Hon Ramdaye
    1. Adulterous
      Mossi says he has many mistresses (P.69).
    2. Corrupt
      He also says Ramdaye conducts business in the Municipal council with his people (P.69)
  7. Ted King
    1. Biased and egocentric
      Ted is said to be ensuring that companies associated with his relatives and friends win their tenders (P.64).
    2. Corrupt
      • He conspires with friends and steals all the money they had budgeted for the health centers and put site officers (P.64).
      • He earned his livelihood by pirating other people’s music and making noise for everyone (P.65).

Act II Scene III- The Political Strategy

  1. Ramdaye
    1. Inquisitive
      He asks a lot of questions when talking to Ted (p.76).
    2. Abusive
      He says there are headless among the chamber members (P.77).
    3. Informed
      He says he got information that Mayor Mossi is consulting his lawyers on arrest or prosecution (P.85)
    4. Evil
      He says devil take the soul of Ted (P.79).
  2. Key or Hon Ferreira
    1. Unreliable
      He has not taken any position in politics (P.76).
    2. Indifferent
      Ramdaye says Mr. Key cannot make up his mind which door to open (P.76).
  3. Ted
    1. Outspoken, humorous, sarcastic and realistic
      He says that in a beauty contest of monkeys, there is always a winner (P.79).
    2. Sensible
      He says that Ted should grow up instead of celebrating when they should be laying strategies (P. 86).
    3. Corrupt
      He plans to buy a few members so that he meets the two thirds majority that can offer him mayor ship (P.80).
    4. Judgmental
      Ted believes there are people in the chamber who have brains but they do not use them (P.77)
    5. Skeptical and Doubtful
      Ted doubts that those who attacked were hooligans (P.75).
    6. Critical
      He thinks the people who attacked them recently were not hooligans because they moved so fast and their organization was intense (P.75).
  4. Seymour
    1. Arrogant and proud
      Seymour says he is not an errand boy but he will soon be a boss to Ramdaye (P.82).
    2. Abusive
      Seymour calls those who attacked hooligans (P.74).
    3. Daring
      He says he dared the hooligans to touch him (P.74).
    4. Adamant
      Seymour refused to run away when they were attacked in a rally regardless of the impending danger (P.74).
    5. Deceitful
      Ted calls them including Seymour as a master of deceit (P.86).
  5. The attackers
    1. Violent
      They aimed a rock at Ted’s head (P.74).
  6. Basdeo
    1. Sly and cunning
      Basdeo plans to build propaganda on Mossi so as to win over the mass (P. 82)
    2. Overconfident
      He declares that their alliance is unbeatable (P.86).
    3. Malicious
      He plans to isolate Mossi in places he has been dominant (P.83).
    4. Judgmental
      Basdeo says people are quite gullible and they will believe anything he says (P.83).
    5. Greedy
      Basdeo longs so much for power that he wants to do anything he can to get it (P.84).

Act III Scene I- Ethics lesson

  1. Nicole
    1. Organized/Orderly
      She says she has always asked the students to arrange their desks neatly (P 87).
    2. Patriotic
      Nicole loves her country. She aims to educate her students about both the evil and good spirit. Nicole is at the fore front to fight bad leadership (P 91).
    3. Fearless and Determined
      She fearlessly talks and about the leadership of the municipality. Nicole tells the student that they must fearlessly resist all those that are controlled by the spirit of beast (P91).
    4. Concerned
      Nicole is concerned with her students’ welfare. When she enters the classroom she instructs one student to align her locker and instructs another one to collect a piece of paper on the floor. She cautions them that a disorganized mind cannot learn (P. 87).
    5. Keen and observant
      When she enters the classroom she quickly notices that the classroom is a mess instructs one student to align her locker and instructs another one to collect a piece of paper on the floor. She cautions them that a disorganized mind cannot learn (P. 87).
    6. Optimistic or hopeful
      Nicole is optimistic that justice shall be served no matter how long it will take.  She tells the students that the famous Greek playwright Euripides said, “slow but sure moves the might of the gods”, meaning the mills of God grind slowly, grind exceedingly. Indeed, justice will be served, no matter how long it will take (P 92).
    7. Religious
      Nicole refers to the bible while teaching ethics to the students. For instance, she solve problems in the society requires a good part of the human heart. As students discuss, they realize that there is good and evil spirits and disobedience results in trouble (P.88-89).
      The teacher also shares that the spirit of the Beast is always destructive (P.91).
    8. Commanding
      When she enters the classroom she instructs one student to align her locker and instructs another one to collect a piece of paper on the floor. She cautions them that a disorganized mind cannot learn (P. 87).
  2. Students-Alvita and Montano
    1. Obedient
      They obey instructions given by their teacher Nicole. She tells one to pick a piece of paper and they do.  Another one is asked to align her desk and she does so.

Act III Scene II-The Saga

  1. Nicole
    1. Firm and Incorruptible
      • She does not allow Inspector Bembe to manipulate her into dropping her quest of fighting for justice for the Macaras people (P. 94).
      • Nicole confidently tells Bembe that she has an obligation to do what is right and not to be swayed by any leader (P. 94).
      • She also says her choice of fighting what is right is not negotiable (P. 94).
    2. Informed and knowledgeable
      • Nicole is aware of her legal rights. While being dragged at the end of scene two she orders the officers to set her free and says she needs legal representation (P. 98).
    3. Confident and courageous
      • Nicole confidently tells Bembe that she has an obligation to do what is right and not to be swayed by any leader (P. 94).
      • She also says her choice of fighting what is right is not negotiable (P. 94).
      • Nicole confidently tells the inspector that she is not guilty of anything and therefore refuses to be intimidated (P. 96).
    4. Daring
      • Nicole tells the inspector not to fabricate anything against her, and tells Bembe if he insists then that will be his darkest day in his career (P. 95).
      • She sharply and firmly tells Bembe not to break the law by accusing her of crimes she has not committed (95).
    5. Assertive
      • While being dragged at the end of scene two she orders the officers to set her free and says she needs legal representation (P. 98).
  2. Inspector Bembe
    1. Schemer
      • He schemes the arrest of Nicole. He insinuates that she stole the school generator and once her phones signal was traced to a murder scene. All this is in an effort to intimidate her (P. 94).
    2. Abusive and temperamental
      • Says he does not need any idiot to help him in his work (P. 96).
      • He violently bangs the table with his gun.
      • He repeats angrily when asking Nicole about the Samaritan, “Where is it?(P.96)”
    3. Violent and Intimidating
      • He fabricates lies including saying that Nicole’s phone signal was in a scene of murder and that she had stolen a generator after failing to convince her otherwise (P.94)
      • He hits Nicole with a bunch of papers (P. 97).
      • He bangs the gun on the table when Nicole says she refuses to be intimidated (P.96).
    4. Hypocritical
      • He tells Nicole that the matter of The Samaritan is weighty and can destroy lives of many powerful people. They are fighting back and will destroy her life. When in reality he has been sent to attack and intimidate Nicole against making her comply with their demands (P.94).
    5. Ignorant
      • He thinks the Samaritan App is a physical object Nicole can keep in her possession and insists to ask for it, “Where is it?(P.96)”v

ACT III Scene III - The Judge’s Blackmail

  1. Mayor
    1. Optimistic
      • When Bembe says they are doomed, he tells him to never say die. This world belongs to fighters (P 99).
    2. Sarcastic
      • Mossi says this is the image of his Lordship Justice Ian Jaden, the lowest wretch that ever sat on the bench in maracas Municipality (p.111).
    3. Manipulative
      • He manipulates the judge into agreeing to support him (P 105).
  2. Bembe  
    1. Schemer
      • He plans on the counter attack of Ramdaye’s group.
    2. Coward
      • His stomach has been running since The Samaritan came to town (P. 99).
      • He prefers to die than to be a prisoner (P. 99).
    3. Sarcastic
      • Bembe sarcastically asks questions to Jaden, A whole judge in this kind of scandal? (P.108). Did they introduce specially trained cats (P.110).
      • Bembe further mocks Jaden by saying he will rush to the police station and send officers to arrest him and have him record a statement concerning the matter (P.111).
  3. Jaden
    1. Organized
      • He removes his eye glasses and places them on the table methodically (P. 103).
    2. Keen
      • He takes his time to reflect on the Mayor’s demand. We are told; he puts on his glasses and closes his eyes thoughtfully (P. 104).
    3. Corrupt
      • He is manipulated through intimidation by the Mayor and Bembe until he gives in (P.112).
      • He recalls that indeed he had been involved in the project of supplying rats and cats in the Orchard farm so that he has some money just like any other person.
    4. Fearful
      • Jaden is scared and even says his ulcers are now more painful than ever after hearing about the impending case (P.112).
    5. Selfish
      • He amassed a lot of land in a plan together with Ivy and other Municipal council members  so  that he can retire early and enjoy his wealth (P.112).

Act IV Scene I - The Plan

  1. Jaden
    1. Selfish
      His actions are selfish because they are aimed to benefit him and the Municipal council (P.116).
    2. Corrupt
      Mayor Mossi testifies that he unwittingly entangled in the same affair of which Mayor Mossi wants him to put them in jail. He ruled in a way that betrayed his bias as an interested party in the case. He did so and received shares of this company (P.116).
    3. Treacherous
      He betrays the citizens of Maracus by ruling the company’s case in their favor and later receiving shares in that case (P.116).
    4. Philosophical
      He reasons on the basis of the principle of the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people (P.118).
    5. Suspicious and Insecure
      Jaden thinks the Inspector of Police, Bembe must have spat on his food somewhere in the kitchen and that is why his stomach is paining out of ulcers (P.117).
      Role of Jaden
      • Jaden brings out the absurdities in the jurisdiction, corruption, selfishness, and blackmail.
      • Jaden also builds styles of irony, satire, and wise saying through his conversation.
      • The plot of the story moves as a result of Jaden’s intention to meet the two parties from the council and conclude on how they can evade suit.
      • Jaden builds other characters such as Hon. Ramdaye and Mr. Basdeo.
  2. Harvester
    1. Gullible
      • He testifies that he never set to do any wrong himself. That he has never stolen intentionally done anything wrong. But he has been obeying his leader foolishly (P.115).
    2. Reliable
      • He is entrusted with the role of collaborating with the opposition and the ruling in the Municipal council so that both parties have a mutual agreement. Jaden tells him, ‘I request that you reach out to them with this idea because I know you can (P.118-119).’
        Role of Harvester
        • As he speaks with Jaden, he helps us see the corrupt and treacherous personality of Jaden.
        • He also builds the plot as he shows his anxiety about both himself and the Municipal council leaders.
        • He brings out stylistic devices such as irony and satire.

Act IV Scene II - Reconciliation

  1. Jaden
    1. Wise, intelligent and Reasonable
      He comes up with ways to kill the Samaritan. He gives opinion with a solution. He uses wise sayings like never hit a snake if you haven’t seen its head (P. 120)
    2. Schemer
      He schemes on how to end the Samaritan. He even looks at ways The Innovative Teacher can be compromised. He says “…like giving her boxes of chocolate (P. 127).”
    3. Corrupt
      He is ready to organize on how to bribe the Ethics and innovation Teacher. He suggests more boxes of chocolate
  2. Mossi
    1. Cautious
      He does not want to use the money from municipal coffers to influence the case because it might end him in trouble. He says that he will never buy an idea of getting money from the municipal coffers (P.121).
    2. Schemer
      He is afraid about the wellbeing of institutions in his municipality. He cares about learning process in school. He tells Bembe that they should not go to school to summon the Innovation Teacher since that will seem like interfering with learning in school (P.127).
  3. Bembe
    1. Fearful
      He fears the case in court (P.124).
    2. Irrational
      He wants to go to school to summon the innovation teacher. He does not care about the learning process (P.126).
  4. Basdeo
    1. Corrupt
      He believes in power. He says that what the teacher wants is power (P. 125-126). He suggests that they give the teacher some powerful position.
    2. Schemer
      He believes in dialogue. He feels that they should talk to the Ethics and Innovation Teacher, and convince her so as she gets the position in the municipality and in the process the Samaritan shall die (P.126).
  5. Seymour
    1. Corrupt
      • He says there is no way of escaping from incrimination but they should get money to fight their way out (P.121).
      • He suggests that Nicole be given a high office since that is what she seems to be after (P. 126).
    2. Inquisitive
      • He wants to know more from Jaden how he will initiate the prosecutions (P. 123).
    3. Arrogant
      • He tells Ted to grow some brains (P. 125).
      • There is no time for that crap here (P.124).
    4. Cautious and suspicious
      • He thinks Bembe is setting a trap for them and says he will not buy that idea (P.124)
  6. Ted
    1. Lustful
      The only thing she knows about the Innovation Teacher is that she is beautiful and insists on looking at her legs (P. 125).
    2. Unreasonable and Irrelevant
      • When people are discussing how to handle Nicole, he talks of her beautiful legs (P.125).
      • He claims that he has a headache when it’s time to see the Innovation Teacher. He says that he needs some beer amid serious discussion (P.126).
      • He thinks that children who came up with App are the problem.
  7. Bembe
    1. Fearful
      He fears being prosecuted (P. 123).

Act IV, Scene III - Justice

  1. Nicole
    1. Patriotic and selfless
      • When Jaden asks her which post she would prefer she responds by telling him that, she owes the people of maracas municipality and their country a civic duty. Nicole wishes to work with patriotic citizens to enhance transparency and accountability in the management of public affairs (P. 133).
    2. Determined
      • Nicole is determined to fight for the welfare of maracas. She questions Narine if she prefers that they resign to slavery and if they would let the plunder of public resources continue unchallenged (P. 130).
      • Her determination to fight corruption, bad governance and other vices makes her to turn down the offer she is granted by the mayor to be Director General in the maracas municipality. She cautions them that the necessary transformation is the change of heart, spirit not new offices and positions (P. 135).
    3. Concerned and Caring
      • She tells the gentlemen that creating new offices and positions is burdening their people. Nicole here brings out her character of being caring and concerned towards the tax payers of Maracas municipality (P. 135).
    4. Candid, Courageous and Frank
      • She does not fear meeting the gentlemen and speaking out her mind. She confidently turns down their offer, present from Ted and courageously tells them what they need is change in their hearts and character but not new offices (P.135).
      • Narine calls her a young headstrong girl (P. 128).
    5. Polite and calm
      • She sincerely apologises to the principal who is angry with her (P.128, 129).
      • She also declines the golden ring Ted gives her politely (P.132).
      • She is calm even when the principal shout to her (P.128).
    6. Diligent, incorruptible and unique
      • She says what the Municipal needs are not contracts but change from within (P.135).
      • Nicole believes that only doing the right thing can help the situation in which the Municipal leaders have found themselves (P.137).
    7. Forgiving
      • She easily forgives the Municipal leaders and says there was nothing personal about the Samaritan (P.132).
    8. Optimistic
      • Nicole hopes that Maracas will be better (P.136).
    9. Ambitious
      • Narine calls her a young ambitious girl (P.129).
    10. Intelligent, Knowledgeable, and Informed
      • Nicole tells the Municipal leaders the best way to have proper management of resources. She knows all they need if not offices or contracts but doing the right thing and change of heart (P.135).
      • She also understands that they did misuse the power they were given in the Municipality and that is why Maracas is in the current situation (P.137).
    11. Realistic
      • She tells the Municipal leaders that only by doing the right thing can the Municipality solve the situation facing them now. (P.137).
  2. Basdeo
    1. Greedy
      He wants to be a co-Mayor and almost have equal powers to the Mayor (P. 134).
    2. Selfish
      He says he intends to craft way to a powerful post for himself (P.134).
    3. Hopeless
      He assures Nicole that there is no hope for their Municipality if she expects the people to be truthful and patriotic (P.136).
  3. The Gentlemen
    1. Deceptive, Crafty and Conniving
      • They lie to Nicole about their quest for change and need of her advice in the running of the municipality (P. 132,133,134,135).
    2. Cowardly
      • When the head of National Anti-Corruption Investigation Bureau tells them that he has come to escort them to answer various charges, they cowardly run to take cover (P.138).
    3. Corrupt
      • The gentlemen are corrupt as evidenced in scene.
      • Through Basdeo corruption is depicted when he says that Nicole should not expect truthful and patriotic people in the municipality since they are all self- seekers (P. 136).
      • Nicole accuses the leaders of misusing their offices to practice corruption. She says if they were Good Samaritans they would not have dipped their fingers in the public tills or broke the law (P.137).
      • The Mayor say that they want change in the municipality where public resource swill no longer be stolen, the police will stand with the innocent,  justice will be for all and lawmakers will protect and promote public interest. For this we deduce that corruption is rampant at Maracas (P. 133 -134).
  4. Narine
    1. Timid and fearful
      • She tries to convince Nicole to give up on the Samaritan App. Narine reminds Nicole that she told her to think of something else, the App will not change anything since the struggle for good governance stretches back to beginning of human history (P. 130).
    2. Emotional, Temperamental and irritable
      • Narine is irritated by Nicole. She tells her that her patience is running out (P. 128) She even tells her not to give her headache (P.130).
      • Narine even suggests that  she will have no choice but to personally grab Nicole by her pants and hound her out of her vicinity through the nearest available opening (P.130).
    3. Desperate and hopeless
      • Narine is desperate and thinks better leadership cannot be found at all. After all good leaders are no longer there and Africans who were once colonized by whites and now enslaved their own people (P.130).
    4. Sarcastic
      • Narine tells Nicole that there is nothing that will be happening in the school, excerpt the Municipal leaders coming to see her (p.129).
    5. Arrogant
      • She asks Nicole whether she thought she was hired to be a firefighter (P.129).
      • She also asks whether Nicole thinks she is her house girl or her secretary (P.128).
  5. Mossi
    1. Insecure
      • He tells Nicole that he has given her power over all departments and she will only be answerable to him and him only. This portrays that he is insecure of the other leaders in the municipality. Basdeo had expressed interest to be a co- Mayor (P. 135).
    2. Pretentious or hypocritical
      • He pretends that he wants Nicole on board for a better running of the municipal when in reality he wants to evade the Samaritan and its repercussions (P.133).
    3. Cruel
      • He testifies that he treads on people’s toes (P.132).
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