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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A Handful of Dates by Tayeb Salih

Don’t you want to be there? Notes on Tayeb Salih’s: Understanding nothing, I looked at Masood and saw that his eyes were darting to left and right like two mice that have lost their way home. The local setting that represents village life in its casual form is the preferred domain for almost all Tayev Salih’s writings.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Sarah November 5, 7: I would need to read the story again. This was news for me, for I had imagined that the land had belonged to my grandfather ever since God’s Creation.

If you were the boy, would you of reacted in the same manner? It is also noticeable that nobody pays attention to Masood when the dates are being harvested.


All this fell into Masood’s lap, was inherited by him from his father. The symbols in the story help make the story more meaningful. Nikita April 8, at 2: To which he answered, having rubbed the tip of his nose: Dermot Post Author December 15, 5: Posted by Ally Gilmour at 6: Contrary to his companions, he loved going to the mosque and won the approval of his grandfather with whom, not with his father, he used haneful go out.

He described his grandfather as a very tall person that has a white, soft as cotton beard. It tells the story of a boy depicted as a witness to the greed and ill-natured spirit of his grandfather who has gotten his wealth by craftily observing a neighbour, Masood, who inherited a good deal of land.

Please correct the spelling it is not the koran it is Quran. And I had felt an inward and unreasoned embarrassment. What an excellent symbolic reference to colonialist presence in their kf or local exploiters over suppressed fellowers?

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Cite Post McManus, Dermot. Commentary on the power of Symbolism in Tayeb Salih’s story: Would you have felt betrayed by your grandfather?

The boy’s love and admiration for his grandfather is diminished as the boy listens to his grandfather describe Masood and observes the treatment of the man, for whom the young boy feels a likeness. Both protagonists learn a lesson from life. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page.

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Tayeb Salih is Sudan’s greatest storyteller whose contribution to both African and Arabic literatures is grelaty recognized. This is- evidently- haneful the case with Masood. Hearing my grandfather call after me, I hesitated a little, then continued on my way. Sarah November 6, 9: This is so blatantly typical of what happened to the whole colonies of which Sudan is one, whose land and riches were taken over by the colonialists.

Handful of Dates – short story by Tayeb Saleh

The sound of the words that were said by his grandfather dtaes him wish that his grandfather never said that. We’ll talk about it later. One of the donkeys let out a braying which set the camels frothing at the mouth and complaining noisily. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.