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.

Author: Jujin Faelar
Country: South Africa
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Finance
Published (Last): 23 March 2007
Pages: 427
PDF File Size: 2.22 Mb
ePub File Size: 11.80 Mb
ISBN: 920-1-43922-203-4
Downloads: 34235
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Yosho

It is then a pragmatic materialist love with its ‘sweet’ consequences in mind.

A Handful of Dates by Tayeb Salih

I want The Concept of cultural sudanese tradition as repersented by tayap salih in his short story A handful of date. The grandfather and the others sepearted the dates and eates none for Masood.

The narrator and his grandfather spend a lot of time together. Sometimes his attention would be caught by the sound of a huge clump of dates crashing down from on high.

Hqndful advantage of the silence that had descended on my grandfather, I turned my gaze from him to the vast area defined by words. Nikita April 3, at I saw Masood filling the palms of both hands with dates and bringing them up close to his nose, then returning them. The strange thing was that I never used to go out with my father, rather it was my grandfather who would take me with him wherever he went, except for the mornings, when I would go to ealih mosque to learn the Koran.


It may be felt in the careful use of character phrases in the same way as it is displayed in fine and vivid pictures. I used to know when my grandfather wanted me to laugh, when to be silent; also I would remember the times for his prayers and would bring him his prayer rug handcul fill the ewer for his ablutions without his having to ask me.

I think that the little boy may forgive his grandfather in time but I think he will always think of him differently from now on. After this, the little boy ran off because he know had a feeling of hate towards his grandfather. He wanted to be just like his grandfather when he grew up.

This story is about a young boy whos looks up to his grandfather as a god. The local setting that represents village life in its casual form is the preferred domain for almost all Tayeb Salih’s writings.

So the grandfather and the boy went to harvest dates. So wrong in fact that the narrator looks upon his grandfather with a different pair of eyes.

Short Story Analysis: A Handful of Dates by Tayeb Salih – The Sitting Bee

This Story can be connected to the theory of Italo Calvino, a theory discuses the ” right and wrong political uses of literature”. Dermot Post Author October 28, 7: The grandfather treated Masood so badly and accuses him of being a worthless man as he is yb ” indolent” man. Both protagonists learn a lesson from life.


For some unknown reason, I experienced a sharp sensation of pain in my chest. Shahd September 28, 8: Hnadful you have JavaScript disabled. Something which is clear to the narrator and which results in the narrator disavowing his grandfather by throwing up the dates. The author’s personal beliefs and philosophies play the upper hand in interpreting the underlying connotation of the story’s subject matter.

Val Mulkerns Life Drawing By: I asked my grandfather why Masood had sold his land. Though the story was tiny and brief, it did say and exhibit a lot of themes of interest and applicability gy people of all cultures and ideologies. He knows what is happening is wrong. The time in which this story had been written. Rabia April 6, at 5: They are muslim which means that they go to mosque. The position had changed now, though, and I think that before Allah calls me to Him I shall have bought the remaining third as well.

Suddenly his attention came to his grandfather and Masood that were talking to each about the fifty pounds that Masood was still owing to his grandfather.