University of Newcastle upon Tyne Intl. Summer School Creative Writing: North of Where? Commentary on the power of Symbolism in Tayeb Salih’s story:” . The short story A Handful of Dates, by Tayeb Salih uses many different themes and literary techniques to tell a story of an innocent young boy discovering life’s. A Handful of Dates By: Tayeb Salih. This story is about a young boy whos looks up to his grandfather as a god. They are muslim which means.

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Short Story Precis: A Handful of Dates By: Tayeb Salih

Narrated in the first person by a man looking back at an incident when he was a child the reader realises after reading the story that Salih may be exploring the theme of connection. Once the dates had been harvested, the grandfather and others went over towards the dates.

The Man and his Thought. Abhimanyu Sharma December 21, 8: I have an assignment to search txyeb a story that has a similar theme and male comparison and analysis between them,but i cant find one. Unfortunately I would not be very familiar with Sudanese tradition. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Heinemann, Tateb Writers Series, No. Naming Masood as an indolent man and lying about the real motives behind his losing hold of his property symbolically complements the demagogical and malign tactics used by exploiters of all sorts.

They didn’t like each other.

Thank you the comment: While Masood feels mercy on a simple thing regard his palm trees “Be careful you don’t cut the heart of the palm.

Symbolism is an effective strategy when the writer is interested in engaging his readers in some mental effort. He has been telling lies for the boy’s entire life. Dermot Post Author November 7, 7: Probably he might have lost the trust that he had on his grandfather in the story. I had all but rid my mind of the thoughts that jostled in it when I saw the man approaching us, and my grandfather and I exchanged glances.


I think the theme of the story is that things aren’t always as they seem.

Something which is clear to the narrator and which results in the narrator disavowing his grandfather by throwing up the dates. Dermot Post Author December 20, 3: What would you have done if you were in the boys shoes? Unknown September 9, sapih After this, the little ssalih ran off because he know had a feeling of hate towards his grandfather.

I want The Concept of sallih sudanese tradition as repersented by tayap salih in his short story A handful of date. Contributing to the depiction and thus, the understanding of the natural habitat in Sudan as a model of an Afro-Arab hanrful with the details of life based on love for and dependence on palm trees as major source for income and a criterion to measure power; 2. Though none that I have read have a similar theme as A Handful of Dates. Once he shouted up at the boy perched on the very summit of the date palm who had begun hacking at a clump with his long, sharp sickle: Hawla Thulathiat El Tayeb Salih: Newer Post Older Post Home.

What’s an indolent man? Sarah November 6, 9: He waited for the moments when Masood was under the aalih financial pressure–and that way, bit by bit over forty years; he took advantage of Masood’s property, and gained possession of two thirds of his land.

A Handful of Dates by Tayeb Salih

I remembered Masood’s remark to me when he had once seen me playing with the handrul of a young palm tree: This clearly refers to the same gap in means and resources that separated the colonialist powers- as one possible reading between the lines may allow- from the countries that fell into their suppressive hands.


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Greed and ill-natured will of carrying on exploiting others through possessing the land in its entirety is apparent in the grandfather’s materialist prediction: I ran off into the distance. For example, the river as a symbol helps make the boy’s change in heart towards his grandfather more meaningful and explains it better. The boy thinks of his grandfather as pure and compares him to a river. But in text book it is koran.

Right from the beginning, Salih started to design the symbolic frame of his product. Rabia April 6, at 5: Directly we finished our Koran reading in the morning I would throw down my wooden slate and dart off, quick as a genie, to my mother, hurriedly swallow down my breakfast, and run off for a plunge in the river. This was news for me, for I had imagined that the land had belonged to my grandfather ever since God’s Creation.

Do you see it stretching out from the edge of the desert up to the Nile bank? It is also true that Masood is free to live his life as he chooses. The narrator also likes helping his grandfather and likes reading the Koran to him. Summer School Creative Writing: Skip to main content. Do you see all those date palms?

Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. I felt, though, ot he did not really want my grandfather to attend. To which he answered, having rubbed the tip of his nose: He also told this to the boy the narrator that the palm trees also have feelings like happiness or sadness.

I didn’t own a single feddan when I first set foot in this village. Remember me on this computer.