Tuesday, July 30, 2019
A handful of dates Essay
Children like to copy their favorite character. They imagineÃ themselves to be like that person when they get big. Like this, a young boy , theÃ main character of the story, Ã¢â¬Å"A Handful of DatesÃ¢â¬ , by Tayeb Saleh, imagineÃ himself to be like his grandfather, when he get big. The story describes theÃ childhood of a young boy, who does the things children typically do, go to school,Ã attend religious services, plays outside, and spends time with his favorite familyÃ member, his grandfather. Although the boy loves his grandfather and considers himÃ as a great man, the boy realizes, through his treatment of his neighbor Masood,Ã that he is a greedy man, and doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t like him anymore.Ã Early in the story, the boy loves nature. The boy loves to go to theÃ mosque every morning to learn Quran. He also loves to swim in the river andÃ play in the field. The boy says, Ã¢â¬Å"The mosque, the river, and the fields Ã¢â¬â these wereÃ the landmarks in our lifeÃ¢â¬ (p-1,para-1).He also says, Ã¢â¬Å"Ã¢â¬ ¦I loved the riverÃ tooÃ¢â¬ (p1,para-2).In other words, the boy love the river as well as his village nature.Ã The boy was idealistic about his grandfather and wanted to be like him.Ã His relationship with his grandfather was very close. The boy says, Ã¢â¬Å"I loved toÃ give rein to my imagination and picture myself a tribe of giants living behind thatÃ wood, a people tall and thin with white beards and sharp noses, like myÃ grandfatherÃ¢â¬ (p-1,para-2).In his imagination he thinks about his grandfather, andÃ says, Ã¢â¬Å" when I grew to be a man, tall and slender like him, walking along with great stridesÃ¢â¬ (p-1,para-2).He thinks himself to be like his grandfather when he getsÃ big. As the story begins, the boy notices his grandfather doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t like theirÃ neighbor Masood. In a conversation he asked his grandfather that why he doesnÃ¢â¬â¢tÃ like Masood. His grandfather answered that Masood is lazy personÃ thatÃ¢â¬â¢s why heÃ doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t like him. Ã¢â¬Å"HeÃ¢â¬â¢s an indolent man and I donÃ¢â¬â¢t like such peopleÃ¢â¬ (p-2,para-5).Ã Moreover, grandfather also said that Masood married more than one time andÃ every time he got married, he sold some part of his property. Ã¢â¬Å" Masood, my boy,Ã was a much married man. Each time he married he sold me a feddan or twoÃ¢â¬ (p-Ã 3,para-14).The boy was thinking and made a calculation that may be MasoodÃ married more than ninety women, and then remembered that he had three wivesÃ and asking himself many questions. At the end of the story the boy realizes thatÃ his grandfather wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t that kind of person which he thought.Ã According to the boyÃ¢â¬â¢s grandfather, he will buy all of the MasoodÃ¢â¬â¢sÃ property before he dies. Long time ago when the grandfather first came in theÃ village he didnÃ¢â¬â¢t had any property. Now two third of his propertyÃ¢â¬â¢s owner isÃ grandfather. Ã¢â¬Å"Ã¢â¬ ¦forty years ago all this belonged to Masood, two-thirdsÃ of it is nowÃ mineÃ¢â¬ (p-2,para-9). Ã¢â¬Å"Ã¢â¬ ¦ I think that before Allah calls me to Him I shall haveÃ bought the remaining third as wellÃ¢â¬ (p-2,para-11).Grandfather also said to the boyÃ that he will buy MasoodÃ¢â¬â¢s remaining property before he dies. The boy wasÃ thinking of himself that why his grandfather doing that and felt sorry for Masood. An inner conflict develops when he found his grandfather is greedy,Ã which he should not be as a Muslim. When the grandfather said he will buyÃ MasoodÃ¢â¬â¢s remaining property, the boy was thinking of himself that his grandfatherÃ will do what he said, and felt sorry for Masood. Ã¢â¬Å"I do not know why it was I feltÃ fear at my grandfatherÃ¢â¬â¢s words-and pity for our neighbor Masood. How I wishedÃ my grandfather wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t do what heÃ¢â¬â¢d said !Ã¢â¬ (p-2,para-12). The boy learn from theÃ Quran that people should be sympathetic to weaker section people of the society.Ã Instead of that, his grandfather wants to buy MasoodÃ¢â¬â¢s remaining property, whichÃ shows that he not the kind of person he should be as a Muslim.Ã The boy begins to notice Masood at the harvest, and he feelsÃ sympathy for him.Masood invites the boy and his grandfather to harvest dates. AtÃ the harvest field the boy noticed Masood and thinking what his grandfather saidÃ about him. Ã¢â¬Å"I remembered MasoodÃ¢â¬â¢s remark to me when he had once seen meÃ playing with the branch of a young palm tree: Palm tress, my boy, like humans,Ã experience joy and suffering. And I had felt an inward and unreasonedÃ embarrassmentÃ¢â¬ (p-3,para-19).The boy remember, once he was playing with theÃ palm tree Masood told him that palm trees are like human, which means MasoodÃ loves nature.