Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Boy and the Crocodile, a West African fable from Alex Haley's historic book, Roots: the Saga of an American Family

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In chapter four of Alex Haley's Roots: The Saga of an American Family, there is a fable called the Boy and the Crocodile.

The theme, one perhaps not typical of Western literature, is "Oftentimes, goodness is repaid with badness."

The storyteller is an old woman, Nyo Boto.
The story includes an elderly donkey and horse, a plump rabbit and swift dog in addition to the crocodile, which has been caught in a net in the river. The tale takes place in the West African nation of Guinea.

Please take notes on and learn this tale so that you can be quizzed on it.