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Sundiata Chapter Summary & Analysis - Childhood Summary

Djeli Mamoudou Kouyate
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Childhood Summary

The tale begins by telling readers that God is mysterious and that any one person may someday be king. People are unable to control the plan God has set out for them. The baby develops slowly and is still crawling at age three. He is homely like his mother rather than attractive like his father.

The baby's nickname is Sogolon Djata since he is so attached to his mother. While Djata seemed slow to some, his mother feels he does not speak or interact with other children because he has thoughts more advanced than theirs. Sassouma is delighted that Djata displays none of the prowess of her own son, Dankaran. Sassouma speaks very hurtfully to Sogolon, comparing Djata to a lion that can but crawl on the ground.

The king loses hope that this baby will be the great king. He and Sogolon have another child -...

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