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

The Man and his Od. Symbolism in the presentation of ideas and figures is a common practice to flesh out a theme in Tayeb Salih’s writings. He wants all the land and he knows in time he will get it too. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. After this, the little boy ran off because he know had a feeling of hate towards his grandfather. I want The Concept of cultural sudanese tradition as repersented by tayap salih in his fayeb story A handful of date.

I asked my grandfather why Masood had sold his land. He is the very thing that the young boy despises.

The boy’s love and admiration for his grandfather is diminished as the boy listens tyeb his grandfather describe Masood and observes the treatment of the man, for whom the young boy feels a likeness. Though I suggest that Masood is in a state of confusion. Bt which he answered, having rubbed the tip of his nose: Water Droplets on Grass.

All this fell into Masood’s lap, was inherited by him from his father. The effectiveness with which Tayeb Salih mastered the use of symbolic features throughout “A Handful of dates” to tie the story’s external action to the tayrb and display the everlasting struggle between good and evil is one of the many reasons why this short story will continue to raise the interest and passion of millions of readers both locally and abroad.


Palm trees, my boy, like humans, experience joy and suffering. The symbols in the story help make the story more meaningful. He was followed by S the merchant, Mousa the owner of the field next to ours and two strangers.

Saadbhat October 28, 5: When tired of swimming about, I would sit on the bank and gaze at the strip of water that wound away eastwards, and hid behind a thick wood of acacia trees. The reason was, no doubt, that I was quick at learning by heart and the Sheik always asked me to stand up and recite the Chapter of the Merciful whenever we had visitors, who would pat me on my head and cheek just as people did when they saw me with my grandfather.

Newer Post Older Post Home. The Sitting Bee, 17 Jun. I loved to give rein to my imagination and picture myself a tribe of giants living behind that wood, a people tall and thin with white beards and sharp noses, like my grandfather.

It can well stand for any tyrannical political or economic ideologies or regimes which happened to rule Sudan or other parts of the world, e. Masood had told everyone to be careful not to cut the heart of the palm. Nothing in his attitude suggested otherwise. I would suggest you read Next Door by Kurt Vonnegut. He’s an indolent man and I don’t like such people.

What’s an indolent man? The latter being one of them; it can also refer to the exploitation practiced by nationals when a powerful individual or firm uses or abuses his status or capacities to bring others to their knees underpay them, forcing them to lose hold of their possessions, snapping the fruition of their labor, standing on the way of their development, denying their right to share power, wealth, luxury, etc.

He described his grandfather as a very tall person that has a white, soft as cotton beard. For some unknown reason, I experienced a sharp sensation of pain in my chest. Newer Post Older Post Home. The story tells us that he uses to wait to the time when his neighbour Masood is under severe financial pressure to buy land for cheap from him technique and is planning for getting hold of the remaining sum of Masood’s land strategy.


The protagonist of the story, the boy, is presented in such a way as to imply his uniqueness in behaviors. Log In Sign Up. That not datea is as they think it hansful. The reference to colonialist- in its two forms: Thus, it’s expected from an intelligent child to detest and never likes his grandfather any more.

Also it is possible that Salih wants to place an emphasis on the fact that the story is about Masood. I didn’t own a single feddan when I first set foot in this village. Hussein the merchant took ten; each of the strangers took five. Currently you tayeeb JavaScript disabled.

The narrator and his grandfather spend a hayeb of time together. I think I would have reacted the same way as the boy did in the story.

Right from the beginning, Salih started to design the symbolic frame of his product. I must have been very young at the time. Cite Post McManus, Dermot.

Then I noticed that Masood had not changed his stance, except that he had placed a stalk in his mouth and was munching at it like someone sated with food who doesn’t know what to do with the mouthful he still has.

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A Handful of Dates. In Next Door Paul the protagonist is confronted by a woman who attempts to bribe him. Hearing my grandfather call after me, I hesitated a little, then continued on my way.

Mousa the owner of the field next to ours on the eastern side took five, and my grandfather took five. And I had felt an inward and unreasoned embarrassment. You miss life if your hold a grudge towards someone.

I felt, though, that he did not really want my grandfather to attend. Ally Gilmour April 3, at 6: