Zoot is very capable of manipulating situations. Early in his childhood his "absolute dislike and disregard for authority" becomes entrenched and he spends years in reformatory and prison for stealing. He has a huge capacity for language but expresses himself profanely. Zoot, the "Jive King of District Six" is also an accomplished dancer. He becomes Mary's "bouncer" for lack of other opportunities. He "persuades" Katzen, the landlord, after he has heroically rescued the elderly, drunken Davids from 203, to "rent" the house to him. He is protected and guided by "guardian angels."
“Today, Americans are too self-centered. Even our families don’t matter as much anymore as they once did. Other people and activities take precedence. In fact, the evidence shows that most American families no longer eat together, preferring instead to eat on the go while rushing to the next appointment (Gleick 148). Sit-down meals are time to share and connect with others; however, that connection has become less valued, as families begin to prize individual activities over shared time, promoting self-centeredness over group identity.” (Anonymous)