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The Dark Child Summary & Study Guide
While Islam is widespread among the Mande peoples, the Muslim faith never completely displaced the older, animistic religion of the group. Paperbackpages. The French aimed to create an indigenous elite, a small class that could govern the colony effectively. The Birth of the Creative Consciousness: It becomes apparent that this is a society where someone can make chkld accusation against anyone and be believed if the say it came to them in a dream.
That llaye raise a few eyebrows today. Not only is she safe near crocodiles, but she appears to have power over animals. There are no atrocities, no violence except from bullies at schoolno political themes: Yet it is this very idealism that emphasizes his rejection of French colonialism.
View all 43 comments. Colonial Story in History: And I am a Malinke. Unfortunately, the book ends on a bittersweet note and left me wanting more. He seems somewhat unaware of the magnitude of the French influence until he leaves to attend school in the capital of Conakry.
A common critique of The Dark Child is that it portrays a far too idealistic image of colonial Upper Guinea. I disagree with this of course, and found it refreshing to show an alternative side to what we usually read about or think about in regarding African lit.
A black snake visits him both in his dreams and while he works in the forge, and the father often knows what will happen during the day before the day even begins. Mande society in general long consisted of three groups—nobles, specialized professionals, and the defunct subdivision of slaves. It is this type of emotional reaction that makes The Dark Child such a unique mix of particular Malinke and universal human experience.
The Dark Child by Camara Laye
His father usually undermines the feelings and authority of Laye’s mother, openly vetoing her decisions to keep Laye dar, attending school in the city, or playing with groups of village boys and girls. Laye recalls that his father performed chuld ablutions every morning, the belief being that without this ritual cleansing his work with gold and other metals would be unsanctified and unsuccessful.
It is not a complete story chold his life; it eark, in fact, only a tiny snippet. World Literature and Its Times: More recently, critics have revised the harshness of these initial rejections. Cite References Print Diagne, Souleymane. Since its emergence in the 19th century, fantasy fiction has proliferated throughout the world, from the global craze of Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter Education and religion appear less as intangible ideas and more as functional tools that act as means of control, domination ca,ara to display a type of psychological representation to colonial powers in Hte and Nigeria.
The Dark Child is Camara Laye’s autobiography, tracing chiod development of his thhe and personal values as a young man coming of age within the Malinke tribe of Upper Guinea during the ‘s. Inhe left Guinea for Dakar, Senegal because of political issues, never to return.
It was during this period that Laye wrote The Dark Child: By accepting the offer, he too sends a message of support for French values despite objections by his mother.
I’m glad I did. He seems to want readers to understand the beauty and compassion behind his tribe’s secrets, and speaks of his journey into manhood unabashedly. Every day of his life, the sight of the railway provided Camara with a visual reminder of the colonial power that would shape his life.
French speakers interested in African culture. He has arrived to the delight of his extended family, which marvel at his modern clothes Laye Then it gradually expands to the rest of the concession, then to school, the town of Kourassa, then the wider country of Guinea when he goes off to study in the capital Conakry. Mar 08, Andy rated it it was amazing Shelves: One suggested text by Simons is: During his time at college thee wrote The African Child L’Enfant noira novel based loosely on his own childhood.
Many links to more in-depth information about visiting and learning about the country. Laye shares his childhood with the reader in an open and frank way, he lets us into his family, into his village and into his way of life.
The Advent of Islam in West Africa. Women are more or less property for Ezeulu, and all Ibo men for the most part Clearly there were many facets to the status of nyamakala.
Laye is overwhelmed by his initial experience of the city. Sep 20, Kristel rated it it was amazing Shelves: By the population of Conakry had swelled to 26, and the chiild was by far the most important place in the colony. It shows the simple life of a dark child living in the great plain of Guinea.
And the success of s works by such writers as Chinua Achebe see Things Fall Apartalso covered in African Literature and Its Times demonstrate that European readers had a taste even for works that criticized colonialism. Laye also has another tool at his disposal, although he uses it more sparingly: This was a well written novel, but the plot did not interest me at all.