Short Story 'A Handful Of Dates' By Tayeb Salih

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Connections Jarrod Maclean At the start of the short short “A Handful of Dates” written by Tayeb Salih, the Protagonist (unnamed) displays immature behaviour when he idolises his grandfather on based on looks and not his character. “I loved to give rein to my imagination and to picture myself a tribe of giants living behind that wood, a people tall and thin with white beards and sharp noses, like my grandfather.” This quote shows us that the Protagonist is immature at the start of the story because he idolises his grandfather by how tall he is and the whiteness of his beard, and not things that really matter. I think the single most important incident that caused the Protagonist to change was when the grandfather takes his share of the dates…show more content…
This is shown when he laters says, “Tom Hesketh was 16 and very manly”. This is immature behaviour and later on in the story gets Johnny into trouble. I think the single most important incident that causes the Protagonist to change is when Johnny realises that he cannot climb any further up the quarry wall. “It was clear that his ambition to climb had gone, and in it’s place was frightenedness of a small boy”. After Johnny realises that he can’t climb any further, Thomas Ndhlovu. The single most revealing example of the immature behaviour for the Protagonist is when Johnny realises that he cannot climb any further up the Quarry wall. “It was clear that the ambition to climb had gone, and in it’s place was the frightenedness of a small boy.” At this point the Protagonist becomes mature and realises that the risk would be too great for him to climb on. He also realises that some things in life he may not be ready for, and that they may require help like the climbing of the Quarry wall. To

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