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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I loved to give rein to my imagination and picture myself a tribe of giants living behind that wood, a people tall and haneful with white beards and sharp noses, like my grandfather. I pictured the palm tree as something with feeling, something possessed of a heart that throbbed. I felt myself drawing hndful to Masood, felt my hand stretch out toward him as though I wanted to touch the hem of his garment.

I think I would have reacted the same way as the boy did in the story. Dermot Post Author December 15, 5: The Sitting Bee, 17 Jun. We’ll talk about it later. Would you have felt betrayed by your grandfather?

Unknown October 27, at 3: In your opinion do you think that the little boy tayeeb forgive is grandfather or will he still hate him? It is also true that Masood is free to live his life as he chooses. Thus, it’s expected from an intelligent child to detest and never likes his grandfather any more.

A Handful of Dates by Tayeb Salih

While I don’t remember exactly how old I was, I do remember that when people saw me with my grandfather they would pat me on the head and give my cheek a pinch – things they didn’t do to my grandfather.


Notes on Tayeb Salih’s: It is also possible that Masood is acting timidly due to the fact that he taysb the dates will be unfairly distributed.

Commentary on the power of Symbolism in Handfkl Salih’s story: In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. 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 tateb people did when they saw me with my grandfather.

It is as though the narrator not only loves his grandfather but that he also has a strong connection with him. My grandfather must also have been extremely tall, for I never saw anyone in the whole area address him without having him look up at him, nor did I see him enter a q without having to bend so low that I was put in mind of the way the river wound round behind the wood of acacia trees. A side he may not necessarily like. Remember me on this computer.

The author’s personal beliefs and philosophies play the upper hand in interpreting the underlying connotation of the story’s subject matter. 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. Masood had told everyone to be careful not to cut the heart of the palm.

Sometimes his attention would be caught by the sound of a huge clump of dates crashing down from on high. The time in which this story had been written. I glanced at Masood and saw that he was making his way toward us with extreme slowness, like a man who wants to retreat but whose feet insist on going forward.

Sarah November 30, at 4: While Masood feels mercy on a simple thing regard his palm trees “Be careful you don’t cut the heart of the palm. I loved him and would imagine myself, when I grew to be a man, tall and slender like him, walking along with great strides. The mosque, the river, and the fields – these were the landmarks in our life.


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. 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.

Notes on Tayeb Salih’s: ” A Handful of Dates” | Abdelwahid hamadelneel –

Looking at Masood the little boy had some adtes pain in chest. I think the theme of the story is that things aren’t always as they seem. Masood was then the owner of all these riches. He also told this to the boy the narrator that the palm trees also have feelings like happiness or sadness. Some of the achievements gained from translating this story into English are: He’s an indolent man and I don’t like such people.

That or everything is as they think it is.

ny Thank you the comment: The end of the story is also interesting as the connection that the narrator felt with his grandfather has been transferred to Masood. Nikita April 3, at This story is about a young boy whos looks up to his grandfather as a god. When they got there the grandfather sat on a stool while Masood harvested the dates. Click here to sign up.