The Dark Child

What is the role or importance of the snake in the story?

The relevance of the snake to culture

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In the novel, the snake (small and black with markings), serves as the guiding spirit of their race. The snake chooses exactly who it will guide and appears in dreams. Laye's father attributes all of his good fortune to snake and advises Laye to conduct himself properly.

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The Dark Child