There’s assumption of the dignity of his people, descendants of the black Sudanese, their pride in their way of life. There’s rational Mohammedanism thinly . Complete summary of Camara Laye’s The Dark Child. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Dark Child. Analysis and discussion of characters in Camara Laye’s The Dark Child.

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As Laye matures, he develops more of a dismissal of his mother’s protective instincts over him and while he fears disappointing and hurting her to leave and study school in Conakry and later France, he disregards drak concern to pursue the educational opportunity offered him. He shows us camaara the small group of people in his grandmother’s village who knew that they would always have to live and get along with each other developed a code of behavior that provided everyone with respect and dignity.

What are you looking for? Of all his classmates, he is the only one so honored. Early readers assumed that The Dark Child was simple memoir, which, to a large extent, it is. He is miserable and homesick, but after a summer cuild at home he is ready to return to school and resume his studies.

Innocent lamb, savage tiger, free-flying eagle — time after time animals interrupt poetry as the ideal, the muse, the hero, or the grotesque operating alongside humanity. His mother was from the village of Tindican, and his immediate childhood surroundings were not predominantly influenced by French culture. First book I’ve read entirely in French, which I’m pretty proud lahe.

Laye’s father dzrk the village forge, but his prominent role in the community stems from more than his status as a blacksmith. The events should not be discounted as fiction, but rather fictionalized accounts of real events in order to prove a point. But Laye is writing in longing for a traditional childhood environment he then perceived as superior.


Writing a tale, or tall tale based on the Colonization of Africa. Create names for the charactersperhaps humorous ones “linking an item from the person’s life with a common suffix” As late as only about 6 percent of the school-age population in French West Africa attended European-style centers of learning.

Examining the writing of published folklorists, and literary criticism on them. Lzye the offer for vark comes political, social, and religious strings that create a push-and-pull between the boys and their families. A thorough overview of Achebe’s life, literary works, themes in his writing, and links to more broad information on African politics, religion, history, etc.

Throughout the autobiography, Laye portrays his father in an ideal, almost mystical light. The Perspective of the African-American Woman. Responding and revising in collaborative groups. The perspective Laye uses to track the story behind growing up in rural and later urban Guinea, is similar to I, Rigoberta Menchu where the Guatemalan woman tells her coming of age story in a similar way, though the motives for constructing each novel are vastly different.

Someone acts as a scribe, writing down the details, and save their results for the following class period.

The Dark Child by Camara Laye

Their affection for one another is sweet and very innocent. He took a job at the Simca auto factory and with the French railroad, pursuing his studies in night classes.

They may list upwards of different items, which “surprises students- they have remembered a lot of folklore from their childhoods” It lasted three days. In Conakry, Laye lives with Uncle Mamadou, whose family occupies one house, not separate dwellings as in Kourassa, although each wife and circumcised male inhabits separate quarters, observing the law if not the letter of custom.


I found it interesting and quite moving. Their lives were intertwined with those of the specialized professionals, known as nyamakala. Dec 14, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: At age fifteen he went to Conakry, capital of Guinea, to continue his education.

The first person point of view invokes a comfortable intimacy to follow Laye as he guides us almost two decades of his life within and outside of the Malinke.


Following this in-class analysis, students draft their own ideas on why the folklore they study has remained alive in oral or written tradition. The Dark Child from BookRags. In one memorable chapter, Laye reminds us that politeness and good manners are never more important than in a small village. It would also be a good piece to weigh against Laye’s autobiography after it has been read as a class, to create discussion around where the “balance” does lie.

Challenging the Gender Dichotomy in the Victorian Era: At the same time, many called for a peaceful end to the colonial system throughout Africa. Paperbackpages.

During his time at college he wrote The African Child L’Enfant noira novel based loosely on his own childhood. As a sub-genre of fantasy based on Chinese traditional mythology and martial