Role and List of Characters in The Blood of a Stranger
Characters in The Blood of a Stranger
CHARACTERS in the play.
SANTIGI MANDO V
1.ROLE and Character analysis OF MALIGU in The Blood of a Stranger;
Maligu is the king advisor, he is refer to as the wise one because he is educated, he has lust for riches, maligu is one who say everything he sees, an attitude kindo doesn’t like because it amounts to not having “backbone”, Maligu is greedy and has an overambitious personality
Maligu uses his position as the king’s advisor to corruptly plan the false story of prophecy from the gods. Blinded by his dubious desire to get rich quick, he undermines his culture and pride, and exposes his village to ridicule Instead of using his wisdom positively for the advancement of his people, he unfortunately betrays the kingdom’s trust in his wisdom.
Maligu and kindo are both at each other’s throat “growling and tearing at each other the king even notices this. His greed and overambition almost get him destroyed, even though he is fully aware that making money fraudulently is dangerous. This is why Parker’s opinion that Maligu “would do anything for money” some merit.
2. ROLE and character OF SOKO in The Blood of a Stranger;
Soko is the village shrine priest league with Maligu to deceive the king and community with false prohecy in respect of the coming of a white man to Mandoland, soko is false, full of deceit and treachery, he is a “sincere liar” and very greedy, Whitehead calls him funny witch doctor because of his queer disposition. He is a coward; despite his tough proposition on how to acheive their goals, he frets when it matters most: “i am not interested in getting money if there are too many dangers.” Kindo being their biggest headache, he suggests Maligu make “bigger trouble” for him; be even jests that Maligu should be the hunter to catch the wily monkey Kindo. To prevent him from backing out, Maligu blackmails him for telling lies to the community on the arrival of a white stranger.
Soko’s voice is like the voice of the god as he mediates between the spirits and the people. His pronouncements are believed and that is why he is enlisted into Maligu and Whitehead’s dubious
scheme. His falsehood manifests in some ways, he for instance sleeps the cave where he is supposed to be as the chief priest of the village but makes the people believe that he does Even though he is co-opted by Maligu into the diamond scam, he now freely spins ideas on how their deceptive project would succeed. He suggests the virgin sacrifice to “make it sweet” tricks Wara out of town, sets fierce rivalry between Maligu and Kindo, etc. It is significant that Maligu and Kindo are the only two men standing at the end of the play, even though is banished, they are equally matched. Perhaps, Soko continues to fuel their rivalry hoping they would neutralize one another to give him better advantage in their diamond scam.
As the whole scheme gets more complicated, his inner strength fails him. He has probably died many times before Parker kills him.
3. Role and character analysis of WARA in The Blood of a Stranger
wara is a stranger in mandoland too but has lived there long enough to detest being called stranger, and She is also in love with Kindo, She not born in Mandoland, her mother was taken prisoner by one of mando’s warriors during the war; her mother ran away after giving birth to her.
Wara cautions kindo form doing anything which will anger the spirit, Wara is the only Kindo’s woman that will be sexually assaulted by Whitehead. Maligu and soko lot abduction into a sack and then take to whitehead’s compound. she fortunately escapes. For her love for Kindo, she is ready to risk anything to be with him, likes to follow him everywhere and Kindo is not comfortable with that as a warrior. Her love for Kindo is so intense that she refuses to leave with her grandfather to their homeland but remains in Mandoland in order to be with Kindo. In a way, her mother is seen as a slave ofthe Mando people. This reality poses a great threat to her relationship with Kindo. This is why Kindo cannot take her to the palace.
Even though she has absolute faith in Kindo, she is still very mindful of her integrity as a woman and also respects the customary norms of her society. This is one of the reasons she resists Kindo having her just anywhere and pushes to be taken to the palace. Wara’s steadfastness in preventing Whitehead from raping her is indicative of the resilience of the bloggingAfrican space to Western plundering schemes.
4. ROLES and Character analysis OF KINDO in The Blood of a Stranger
kindo is the son of the king and head of worriors of mondoland; a hunter and heir-apparent to the throne of Mando, Kindo is an upright defender of Mandoland; he is willing to defend his culture and his people even his own hurt. He is very young and only a boy when he fought in his first war.
Kindo is very sensitive instincts; feels evil in the air easily – very sensitive to a crooked situation, He is an ambitious character he is sturbborn and also impatient; Loves and protects the custom of his people, Kindo is boastful and keeps a dossier on people, He can speak reasonably like a wise elder. He is regid and unnfeeling; More concerned for the safety of his people. He kills Parker, the white man’s assistant and is consequently banished from the village. Kindo not moved because a courageous character who has vowed to die a “warrior-king” and “always he is fight for the truth.” The fraudulent activities of the British colonizers represented white stranger symbolically by a called Whitehead, is exposed in the play through the king’s son, Kindo. Whitehead also dies
in the hands of Kindo (pp. 18, 31, 33).
Kindo’s role as head of warriors of Mandoland places a lot of responsibilities on him to defend the land both militarily and morally. Also as heir-apparent, he does all in his power to learn the ropes of leadership. smart enough to see through Maligu and Soko’s dubious plan to defraud the land and the people. His ambition and stubbornness are all character traits of a leader with a mission. He defends his vision for Mandoland stubbornly. His boastful and wily natures are defence devices to keep the opposition in effective check
When it matters, he will also handle situations with the wisdom of an elder, a point his father, the king realizes with satisfaction. He also keeps the fact that he can read and write secret as a strategy to monitor Maligu a sincerity in Mando political and socio-economic affairs.
His killing of Parker and Whitehead suggests the death of Western exploitation ofAfrican wealth and heritage
5. Roles and Character analysis of SANTIGI MANDO V in The Blood of a Stranger
santigi mando v is the king of mondoland, father of kindo, He is an upright and a observer of traditional law and cultural norms. Santigi Mand V is manipulated into admitting a stranger into his domain, His rigid sense of justice propels him to banish his son, kindo from his land for killing parker. As the paramount ruler of Mando kingdom he stands firm on the side of justice and cultural values
of his people.
His manipulation to admit Whitehead into his kingdom portrays the shortfall of effective when the lieutenants are insincere. All the decisions Santigi takes are based on the assurances of Maligu and Soko. Not listening.to Kindo most times is probably to prevent been accused of undermining his lieutenants for his son. He probably should have listened to Kindo too and make objective deductions Santigi’s rigid position most times is meant to signify how resolute a leader should be and defend the core values of his society no matter whose ox is gored. Every leader has his/her weaknesses. Santigi’s main weakness is gullibility.
6. Roles and Character analysis of PARKER in The Blood of a Stranger
Parker; Parker is an african who is the secretary, assistance, interpreter, adviser and the right hand man of whitehead, Parker often serves as whitehead’s voice and solicitor advocate, he hates Maligu and does not trust him He gets into trouble with Kindo for encouraging the white man to undermine African traditional values and cultural practic Kindo flogs him thoroughly Whitehead schemes him into his plan to kill Soko, the chief priest: a sacrilegious act that earns him death too in the hands of Kindo.
Parker typifies the African who concedes superiority to the whiteman on account of his skin colour. He also derives his importance from been associated with the white man, He insists to be addressed as Mr Parker as status symbol. It elevates him above his other local folks. He defends Whitehead often to curry his favour and to remain relevant in his scam project. He knows Maligu is very smart and has the attention of Whitehead most times as a result his relevance is being undermined. That is why he hates Maligu
s guts He is taught a lesson by Kindo for undermining African norms to assert the dignity of African traditional values. It is also a clear message to foreigners that those who aid and abet with them would not go unpunished.
His death is the ultimate price he pays for his stupidity.
Role and character analysis of WHITEHEAD in The Blood of a Stranger
Whitehead; This is the arrow head of the crisis in the play; every evil and a schemer. Whitehead is a crass, greedy, dictator who arrogantly believes he can deceive the entire land into granting him access to its diamond. whitehead lies to the king and is people that he is in mandoland to cultivate tobacco.
He uses petty gifts and hard drugs, tobacco and gin spirit drink; and not in good terms with Kindo because he opposes him. He achieves his plan by plotting Soko’s death using Parker, and Kindo reacts by killing Parker which attracts his banishment from Mandoland. He dies in the hand of kindo, Whitehead typifies the plundering of African riches and heritage. He comes to Mandoland with deceit and this is the character trait of all known colonial stories. He pretends to cultivate a tobacco farm, a very lucrative crop, whereas his real intention is to unsuspectingly steal the people’s diamonds cashing in on their ignorance.
The gifts and drinks he offers are meant to subdue the people’s consciousness and secure their cooperation He detests the guts of Kindo because he sees through Whitehead’s plan and therefore hatch a plan to murder Kindo by exploiting the traditional legal injunction of the land that no one must kill during peacetime. His death in the hands of Kindo marks the triumph of African values and resilience over Westem exploitation.
Minor Characters in Blood of a Stranger
Role and character analysis of Boko in The Blood of a Stranger
Sima lead the arrest of Whitehead and
A Mando warrior who is very loyal to Kindo. Himself and
him before Kindo.
Role and character analysis of SIMA in The Blood of a Stranger
Sima; Another warrior of Mandoland
Role and character analysis of 1st Man in The Blood of a Stranger
praises the white man when his people are under the influence of head drug and gin spirit drink