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Handful Essay

  • Submitted by: chantal11
  • on December 4, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 548 words

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The Story “Handful of Dates” by Tayeb Salih is about how a young boy who looks up to his grandfather as a god. They are Muslim which means that they go to mosque. The boy thinks of his grandfather as pure and compares him to a river. He wanted to be just like his grandfather when he grew up. The neighbor of the grandfather, masood, told them that he was harvesting the dates and asked if they wanted to help. There was a history between the grandfather and masood. They didn’t like each other. The grandfather said it was because masood had treated him badly. So the grandfather and the boy went to harvest dates. When they got there the grandfather sat on a stool while masood harvested the dates. Masood had told everyone to be careful not to cut the heart of the palm. Once the dates had been harvested the grandfather and others went over towards the dates. The grandfather gave some of the dates to the boy and then they started to divide them. The grandfather and the others separated the dates and left none for masood. Then, the grandfather said that masood was till in debt to him. After this, the little boy ran off because he knows had a feeling of hate towards his grandfather. He was mad at the way he had treated masood. He ran right to the river and threw up all the dates he had just eaten into the river. He had a close relationship with his grandfather built on respect and but he loses respect for his grandfather because he cuts the heart of masood by taking his land away from him without any mercy.
At the beginning of the story, the boy expressed the huge love and admiration for his grandfather. In his mind, he described his grandfather appearances as his idol, as the man he wanted to become in the future. He loved his grandfather and he believed he was loved because he was the most intelligent grandchild.   (Page 1; Par.3)   “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...

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